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Hungarian drug firms threaten to cut supplies to hospitals

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7329.70/e (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:70
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    Hungary's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers are threatening to cut off drug supplies within a few months to as many as 120 of the country's 160 hospitals, all owned by municipalities or state universities, unless the government provides more money to pay hospitals' expenses.

    A report by the Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Association contends that the hospitals owe more than three billion forints (£7.6m; $10.7m; €12.2m) to the country's four top drug …

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