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Rapid response to:


Pressure mounts on drug supplies in Greece

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3804

Rapid Response:

Extreme shortages of pharmaceuticals in Greece

I report that all of my young patients cannot find any pack of their oral contraceptive pills.
Since these preparations are also used for a wide variety of clinical gynecologic conditions, I am experiencing serious problems in implementing proper therapeutic protocols.
Cancer patients also report lack of chemotherapy drugs.

Competing interests: I am struggling daily to cope with shortages of necessary pharmaceuticals in order to help my patients. Then I watch the news on TV where ministerial officials declare that everything is OK.

14 July 2015
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Greece