Cyprus Mail

Health ministry promises action on drug prices

CYPRUS pays three times more on certain medicines and medical supplies than Greece, said health minister Petros Petrides yesterday.

“The supplier in some cases is the same. It doesn’t make sense for us to pay so much more to buy what hospitals need,” the minister said, adding that ministry officials have been investigating the subject for the last six months and will propose an action plan to deal with the problem.

A solution, Petrides said, would be for Cyprus to place its orders for medication and supplies along with Greece’s, so as to take advantage of the lower price. “I do not see why we can’t do that. We can save up a lot of money,” he said.

Petrides said that he has been personally in touch with the Greek authorities regarding the subject.

Greece’s Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis will be visiting the island in December when the issue will be discussed.

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