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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:08 PM

Panic in Greek pharmacies as hundreds of medicines run short

Source: Guardian

Greece is facing a serious shortage of medicines amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country because of the economic crisis and concerns that the drugs will be exported by middlemen because prices are higher in other European countries.

Hundreds of drugs are in short supply and the situation is getting worse, according to the Greek drug regulator. The government has drawn up a list of more than 50 pharmaceutical companies it accuses of halting or planning to halt supplies because of low prices in the country.

More than 200 medicinal products are affected, including treatments for arthritis, hepatitis C and hypertension, cholesterol-lowering agents, antipsychotics, antibiotics, anaesthetics and immunomodulators used to treat bowel disease.

Separately, it was announced on Tuesday that the Swiss Red Cross was slashing its supply of donor blood to Greece because it had not paid its bills on time.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/greece-blames-drug-companies-shortages

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dipsydoodle Feb 2013 OP
ForgoTheConsequence Feb 2013 #1
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #2
BrotherIvan Feb 2013 #3
GliderGuider Feb 2013 #4
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #7
GliderGuider Feb 2013 #8
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #10
GliderGuider Feb 2013 #11
KamaAina Feb 2013 #5
formercia Feb 2013 #12
happyslug Feb 2013 #18
closeupready Feb 2013 #15
sikofit3 Feb 2013 #19
DeSwiss Feb 2013 #6
GliderGuider Feb 2013 #9
FirstLight Feb 2013 #13
GliderGuider Feb 2013 #14
DeSwiss Feb 2013 #16
Earth_First Feb 2013 #17

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:12 PM

1. Ridiculous.

Pharmaceutical companies have this world by the balls. Evil bastards.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:23 PM

2. Rec: Very important story about the dangers of austerity

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:11 PM

3. Yes, very important

And it shows that austerity is not just one draught of medicine or "eating your peas" one time; it is ongoing suffering that must be vigorously resisted BEFORE it is implemented.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:58 PM

4. What are the ripple effects of rejecting austerity?

Don't they risk being caught in a Fram Oil Filter dilemma? You can pay now or you can pay later, but one way or the other, you'll pay.

I would so hate to be a European politician right now - it looks like there are no good options left.

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:08 PM

7. Its their government making the choices.

Greece has got national healthcare. Their government can't be paying invoices for which the population has already paid in advance chosing to use the funds elsewhere instead.

Retrading of the drugs for export, assuming that to be true, is of course a different issue.

No there are no good options left for Greece.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:12 PM

8. If the government doesn't have the money to pay all their bills

Somebody is going to get screwed eventually. The only questions are who gets screwed first, and who gets to decide. Eventually everybody is going to get screwed, because the whole global economy is making ominous creaking and gurgling noises.

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:28 PM

10. They spoofed entry into the Euro

will the help of Goldman Sachs. Having the Euro allowed them to sell bonds at lower interest than would otherwise have been possible. They used the funds to grossly inflate their public sector and lost sight of the fact that the debts would ultimately be payable. Their greatest failing appears to be an inability to identify with basic maths.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:36 PM

11. That's a typical failing with politician/economists...

Innumerate liars...

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:58 PM

5. The Red Cross??!!

That tends to lend credence to the stories I used to hear about the Red Cross selling bread in New Orleans after Hurricane Betsy in 1965.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:39 PM

12. Here's a true story

One of my Navy buddies and I were helping the local FD look for a kid that had drowned in a Sand Pit. We brought our own SCUBA gear and paid our own way.
After several hours, the Red Cross shows up. Break time. Time to get some Coffee and Food. So we order a sandwich and Coffee. The fuckers wanted us to pay for it and it wasn't cheap. It was nothing but a Roach Coach with a Red Cross on the side.
The Salvation Army was also there. I don't agree with their Homophobia but we went up and asked them how much it was." Nothing," they replied." Take whatever and however much you like."

Fuck the Red Cross. The CEO of the American Red Cross takes home big bucks and so do the Administrators, but they can't afford to give away a sandwich and cup of Coffee to the First Responders?

Feh.

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Response to formercia (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:55 PM

18. My Father had a similar story about Omaha beech

The Red Cross was charging for any Coffee they were offering (Which also came through the US Army supply lines) while the Salvation army was giving it away free.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:28 PM

15. Yeah, that jumped out at me. If true, I won't give anything

to them in the future. Not like I have much to give, but I'll remember this anecdote and tell people, if asked to donate or asked why I don't like them.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:06 PM

19. Please tell them why

I wouldn't give them anything either but tell them why with a nice email that you previously donated and are not because of said reasons.... this is the only way they get it. Otherwise they just scratch their heads and can't understand why no one is donating and then they just campaign more. All companies we boycott for these reasons need to know why! By the way, this is not out of the question of happening here... scary shit indeed

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:05 PM

6. K&R

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:15 PM

9. What if we can't handle the truth?

What if the whole edifice is so rotten that the truth amounts to something like, "The best we can do is try and muddle through together - and try to help each other not die too horribly"?

I get the distinct impression that the truth sounds something like that, which is why we are hearing so little of it.

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:41 PM

13. well that's not very comforting!

...but it is most likely close to reality for us all.

I have a plan to hopefully get off most of my meds by the end of the year, just because I fear something like this happening.
Dietarily, I also plan on getting my family used to living with meat as a special addition, rather than an every meal sort of thing...again, just because I feel the 'austerity' is gonna hit us ALL in some way...

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:45 PM

14. Fortunately I gave all my money to my ex-wives.

Austerity is going to feel just like another Tuesday to me...

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:48 PM

16. You've describe it precisely.....

...whole, rotten, edifice.

The paradigm-shift we are inexorably headed toward will shake things down to their essence.

- It's the only way we'll ever become free.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:35 PM

17. Once again; people over profit.

More and more I am becoming of the mindset to let the whole fucking this burn and from the ashes we'll create a society worth calling home.

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