Drop of 20 pct last year

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The cost of an av­er­age pre­scrip­tion for medicine fell by 20 per­cent in the sec­ond half of last year to 36 eu­ros, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pre­sented to Health Min­is­ter Andreas Lyk­ourent­zos yes­ter­day. The re­duc­tion is at­trib­uted to a de­cline in drug prices and the switch to pre­scrip­tions be­ing writ­ten ac­cord­ing to the ac­tive agent rather than the brand of medicine. Ac­cord­ing to the data pre­sented by the Com­puter Cen­ter for So­cial Se­cu­rity Ser­vices (IDIKA), which man­ages Greece’s e-pre­scrip­tion scheme, 4 mil­lion pre­scrip­tions were is­sued on av­er­age each month last year.

French con­nec­tion.

France’s min­is­ter del­e­gate for French na­tion­als abroad, He­lene Con­way-Mouret, yes­ter­day em­pha­sized Paris’s sup­port and sol­i­dar­ity for Greece ahead of a sched­uled visit to Athens by Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande later this month. In com­ments to re­porters, Con­way-Mouret ex­pressed con­vic­tion that Greece’s po­si­tion in the eu­ro­zone was se­cure. Asked whether Paris would wel­come the elec­tion of left­ist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to prime min­is­ter, she avoided an­swer­ing di­rectly but said that the French left­ist ad­min­is­tra­tion would wel­come like-minded in­ter­locu­tors. She added that French au­thor­i­ties were ready to con­trib­ute knowhow in the spheres of tax col­lec­tion and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Aegean vi­o­la­tions.

Seven Turk­ish jets en­tered Greek na­tional air space on Thurs­day with­out first sub­mit­ting flight plans as re­quired, Greek mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said. A to­tal of five air space vi­o­la­tions were recorded, north of Chios and east of Rhodes, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials, who said the Turk­ish jets were chased off by Greek air­craft.

Road col­lapse.

A 10-me­ter sec­tion of the na­tional high­way con­nect­ing Tripoli in cen­tral Greece to An­cient Olympia at the junc­tion of Toubitsi in Gorty­nia col­lapsed yes­ter­day fol­low­ing sev­eral days of heavy rain. The road was closed as a team of re­gional main­te­nance of­fi­cials was dis­patched to re­pair the dam­age.

Mi­grant repa­tri­a­tion.

A to­tal of 960 mi­grants re­turned to their home­lands from Greece last month mostly through a Euro­pean Union­funded repa­tri­a­tion pro­gram. The Greek branch of the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion said a to­tal of some 7,000 mi­grants had been repa­tri­ated since Au­gust.

Corfu usur­ers.

Po­lice re­vealed yes­ter­day that they have ar­rested 24 peo­ple on the is­land of Corfu in con­nec­tion with a usury ring thought to have net­ted 2 mil­lion eu­ros over the last seven years. The gang preyed on in­debted busi­ness­men, lend­ing them money at monthly in­ter­est rates that reached 100 per­cent. Po­lice said as many as 63 peo­ple are sus­pected of involvement in the il­le­gal lend­ing and black­mail of vic­tims.

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