Phar­ma­cists vow ac­tion over move for lib­er­al­iza­tion

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The coun­try’s phar­ma­cists yes­ter­day in­ten­si­fied their protests against the gov­ern­ment’s plans to lib­er­al­ize the mar­ket for non­pre­scrip­tion drugs, al­low­ing su­per­mar­kets to stock the medicines, threat­en­ing ac­tion “the likes of which has never been seen.”

The head of the Pan­hel­lenic Phar­ma­cists’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Kyr­i­akos Theo­dosiadis, ac­cused De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Costis Hatzi­dakis of hav­ing an “in­ex­pli­ca­ble and dan­ger­ous” fix­a­tion with the planned re­form. He did not say what form protests would take. The head of the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Medicines, Dim­itris Lintzeris, said non­pre­scrip­tion drugs were medicines and should only be sold by phar­ma­cists for safety rea­sons.

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