The Greek association of pharmaceutical firms SFEE on Monday announced that it had filed a petition at the Council of State, Greece's supreme administrative court, seeking the annulment of a joint ministerial decree outlining criteria for the approved list of prescription medication for state social insurance funds.

According to an SFEE announcement, the criteria established in the ministerial decree were unclear, subjective and conducive to unfair competition, resulting in a lack of transparency and a hostile climate.

The association has counter-proposed a set of criteria that would give patients access to all medicines while also cutting costs for social insurance funds. It stressed that the only way to effect savings was to fully computerise the health system.