Prior to the austerity measures, Greece has been a “pharmaceutical paradise,” since medicine sales were extremely high and their costs were paid by the Greek state, admits the General Director of Pfizer Hellas pharmaceutical company.
“Athens has been a pharmaceutical paradise, because the consumptions was 2 or 3 times higher than any other European country, and its costs were undertaken by the Greek state. But this situation was changed after the austerity measures imposed to Greece because the government limited its medicine budget by 35%,” French President and General Manager of Pfizer Hellas Gaudreault Pierretold La Presse.
According to Gaudreault, “Greek government warned us that some companies may be exempted by the medicine lists, should they not lower their prices.”
“Europe called on Greece to cut their expenses and…their first reaction is to cut medicines,” continues the President of Pfizer Hellas.
Pfizer Hellas denies agreeing with the Greek government’s recent decision about cheaper medicine, asking for further negotiation to get the best out of it, according to the French journalist.