February 2, 2023

Athens News

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Greece faces a serious shortage of medicines – primarily antibiotics

There is a serious shortage of medicines in Greek pharmacies, antibiotics have become in short supply due to the growth of viral infections among both children and adults.

Due to a sharp increase in the number of respiratory diseases and influenza, residents of the country rushed to pharmacies for medicines, which led to a shortage of many drugs. In particular, according to the report OPENIn addition to antibiotics, there is also a serious shortage of drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes mellitus and assisted reproduction.

“These days we are registering a high incidence, especially in the pediatric environment, we have many cases of respiratory viral infections, more than in recent years, combined with a shortage of medicines used by pediatricians,” OPEN said on Tuesday morning (20/12) pharmacist Konstantinos Kakonikos. According to him, “there is a lack of basic antibiotics, important drugs for the treatment of respiratory diseases, diabetes and assisted reproduction. There is also a shortage of basic antipyretics.”

The authorities are sounding the alarm and starting next Thursday release joint bulletin on Covid, influenza and RSV. According to ΕΟΔΥ, this highlights the need to strengthen infection surveillance for both SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses that typically cause a significant number of cases, especially during the winter months. Surveillance recommendations include the most common pathogens such as influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

PS Most of our readers know that antibiotics do not help with viral diseases. But in Greece, the level of medical education among the population is at an extremely low level. Therefore, an ordinary resident of Greece, in case of malaise, takes an antibiotic. Faith in this type of drug is such that the patient or members of his family, who consider themselves understanding in medicine, often do not care which one.

In the summer of 2020, the country’s authorities limited the sale of antibiotics without recipebut it didn’t help much. Pharmacies, in pursuit of profit, still sell almost all drugs without restrictions. The result is there…

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