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Medical Company Withdrawals its Insulin Drugs from the Greek Market

According to an article written by Malcom Brabant for BBC News talks about Novo Nordisk (medical company) brutal, capitalistic and selfish withdrawal of its anti-diabetes drug from the Greek market.
More extensively the article states:
The world’s leading supplier of the anti-diabetes drug insulin is withdrawing a state-of-the-art medication from Greece.
Novo Nordisk, a Danish company, objects to a government decree ordering a 25% price cut in all medicines.
Greece wants to cut its enormous medical bill as part of its effort to reduce the country’s crippling debt.
The move was condemned as a “brutal capitalist blackmail” from a campaign group.
More than 50,000 Greeks with diabetes use this product, which is injected via an easy-to-use fountain pen-like device.
A spokesman for the Danish pharmaceutical company said it was withdrawing the product from the Greek market because the price cut would force its business in Greece to run at a loss. Novo Nordisk claims it is owed $36m (£24.9m) dollars by the Greek state.
Pavlos Panayotacos, whose 10-year-old daughter Nephele has diabetes, has written to Novo Nordisk’s chairman to criticise the move.
“As an economist I realize the importance of making a profit, but healthcare is more than just the bottom line,” he wrote.
“As you well may know, Greece is presently in dire economic and social straits, and you could not have acted in a more insensitive manner at a more inopportune time.”
The Greek diabetes association was more robust, describing the Danes’ actions as “brutal blackmail” and “a violation of corporate social responsibility”.
The Danish chairman, Lars Sorensen, wrote to Mr Panayotacos stressing that it was “the irresponsible management of finances by the Greek government which puts both you and our company in this difficult position”.
People with diabetes in Greece have warned that some could die as a result of this action.

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