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Italy at risk of medicine shortage due to exports

'Problem getting worse' says pharmacists association

16 January, 20:00
Italy at risk of medicine shortage due to exports (ANSA) - Rome, January 16 - Pharmacists sounded an alarm in Italy Thursday over a lack of medication on hand due to exports to more lucrative European markets. "It's a true emergency," said pharmacists' association Federfarma in a letter to the Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (Aifa), warning that drugs including those for fighting cancer, bronchitis and thrombosis were becoming hard to find. After first warning of the situation in July, Federfarma said "it has only gotten worse". Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said her office was already aware of the problem.

"If there's a double market, a parallel market, it will be watched and controlled," she said.

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