Price complaints probably upheld in Greece; government also moves to pay off €3bn debt
This article was originally published in Scrip
Company objections to government drug pricing levels given out in the September price bulletin are likely to be accepted, a senior Greek government official in the department in charge of drug reimbursement has told Scrip. At the same time, there have been new promises that the government – which has brought in a large number of austerity measures to deal with its global debt – will pay off its debt to pharmaceutical companies which sits around €3 billion, although industry remain sceptical.
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