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Crisis still hitting Canary chemists 


Chemists across the Canary Islands say the Government’s decision to charge full price for certain products is having a significant impact.

Sales of items such as eye drops, syrups and laxatives have all gone down, as well as statins to control high cholesterol. In some cases, the decrease is as much as 50%.

Last August, the Ministry of Health announced a long list of products which would no longer be subsidised and would therefore result in higher prices.

These 417 items include formulas for treating coughs and mucus, stomach upsets, inflammatory products, digestive treatments and eye care.

The Canary Pharmaceutical Federation also high-lights the fact that many chemists don’t keep as much stock as in previous years because of the financial crisis and delayed payments by the Government. Staff levels have also been cut. The Federation says it is very damaging that  they cannot serve some customers with what they want simply because of costs.