Turkish govt cancels all deals with pharmacists after strike

Turkish government cancelled all deal with pharmacists days after nation-wide strike over drug prices.

Turkish govt cancels all deals with pharmacists after strike

Turkish government cancelled all deal with pharmacists days after nation-wide strike over drug prices.

Turkish Pharmacists Union (TEB) declared that Social Security Organization (SGK), which unilaterally cancelled the medicine provision contract, would be "responsible" for inaccessibility to medicine for people with social security after January 10.

Pharmacists across Turkey, responding to a call by TEB --the sole authority to sign collective medicine provision deals with government-- closed their pharmacies for one day on December 4, in protest of medicine price cuts, despite SGK's warning that it would cancel the deal.

The government recently announced a price cut for medicines. TEB said they were not against cheap medicine prices, but expecting pharmacists to loose money by selling the drugs at rates lower than they purchased was unacceptable.

On Wednesday, SGK announced it was unilaterally cancelling the medicine provision.

TEB Chairman Erdogan Colak told a press conference Thursday that SGK's decision would lead to serious problems.

He accused SGK of by-passing TEB, saying signing individual deals with Pharmacies noting that TEB was the sole authorized body to sign deals on behalf of pharmacists.

Colak said SGK was "punishing" both patients and pharmacists.

He said after January 10 citizens would be forced to buy medicine out of their own pockets, and ask the government for reimbursements afterwards. He said the poor would not even be able to buy medicine.

"We want our citizens to know that, not us but those who cancelled the contract will be responsible for the inconvenience," said Colak.

He said they would get together with Chambers of Pharmacists from around Turkey on Tuesday to discuss the appropriate course of action.



Agencies

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