Greek Tragedy or Sign of the Times?

Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO), the world’s largest diabetes care company ($33 billion) is pulling all 17 of its medicines for people with diabetes out of Greece. People who rely on the Greek public health system and the private market will have to find insulin somewhere else. I wrote to Novo Nordisk this morning and asked if, while on business in Athens, would I be able to purchase insulin in the private pharmacies? “Probably not, please be sure to bring an extra supply for yourself,” a manager for media relations wrote back.

Last week, Greece’s Minister of Labour, Andreas Loverdos told Novo Nordisk to “limit company profits and stop blackmailing” in what was one of the most ironic tirades yet, as Greece’s debt fiasco and financial mismanagement stunned the world...


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Tags: Debt, Greece, IMF, diabetes, insulin

Comment by Katie I. on May 31, 2010 at 6:35am
Oh my goodness! Kudos to you for checking on this ahead of time so you can be prepared.
I have to admit I keep old bottles of Humalog in my fridge just because I'm paranoid about things like this. I live near Washington, D.C. and worry sometimes that I'll get stuck without enough insulin or something. What a nightmare that would be.
Please be careful over there!
Comment by Cara on May 31, 2010 at 8:42am
Unbelieveable, considering the mess the Greeks are in right now. Good luck and make sure you take a gallon of insulin with you!
Comment by Gerri on May 31, 2010 at 11:45am
Manny posted a discussion about this from a UK article.
Comment by satinder on June 1, 2010 at 4:05am
Katie, I hope u are aware that
1) There is expiry date for insulin (also other)
2) Once opened, the Insulin must be used within a month
Atleast that is what I understand


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