Visitors to Greece should take good supply of their drug treatments

8th July 2015

People visiting Greece should take plentiful amounts of their drug treatments as supplies in the country could soon be jeopardised.

Drug companies are warning that if Europe does not take emergency action, the medicine supply chain to the country could be hit.

The producers have said they will continue to ship medicines to Greece in the coming weeks despite mounting unpaid bills.

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But in a letter to the European Commission, the industry’s trade association said: "In the worst-case scenario of 'Grexit', we believe the integrity of the medicines supply chain may be in jeopardy, which would create a risk to public health “

The letter to EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis from Richard Bergstrom, director general of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, was reported by Reuters health information.

Imports of life-saving medicine are, top the list of products at risk if Greece defaults on its debt and moves closer to exiting the euro zone.

Mr Bergstrom said global companies like Roche, Novartis, Pfizer and Sanofi wanted to find a way to keep drugs flowing but needed support from the European Commission.