Pharmacists take industrial action

A nationwide 24-hour strike by Greek pharmacists was called in response to the deregulation of non-prescription medication sales.

According to a statement issued by the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association (PFS), Kathimerini online reports the deregulation - which has been debated for the past five years - will not benefit customers, as the deregulation will cause prices to swell.

Furthermore, the pharmacists claim that with a network of about 9,800 pharmacies in Greece,