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Drug shortages are still present in Greece and Italy.

Greek and Italian pharmacists have identified two key causes for the continued medicine scarcity in their respective nations.

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The first is that China and India have restricted the export of raw materials required for the manufacture of drugs, and the second is the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Konstantinos Lourandos, head of the Pharmaceutical Association of Attica, told Anadolu that the lack of raw materials for the sector is the primary cause of the lack of medications in Europe.

Greece, however, has a unique set of circumstances.

According to Lourandos, although Greece imports medications, certain sizable pharmaceutical warehouses re-export them to nations where the prices are higher.

Therefore, he said, the Greek government should figure out a means to stop the re-export of medications.

Even if the overall situation has lately improved, Andrea Mandelli, the head of the Italian Pharmacists Federation (FOFI), stated that drug scarcity is particularly severe in some items including cortisone-containing nasal sprays, children’s antibiotics, and cough syrups.

He emphasized that a significant factor in this was the decline in China’s exports of the raw materials used to make pharmaceuticals to international markets.

Mandelli emphasized that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has also caused a rise in drug prices and a shortage of supplies.

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