An impending shortage in Greece's pharmaceutical supply has forced its drug agency, EOF, to temporarily pause the export of dozens of pharmaceuticals to the EU and other countries.
"As an emergency measure to protect public health, there will be a temporary ban on the export of 73 drug types," the agency said. "This decision has immediate effect, and while it remains in force all stockpiling of these products is prohibited," it added. The list includes medicine for diabetes and asthma and vaccines for polio, hepatitis and chicken-pox.
Capital controls were imposed in Greece last month to keep banks from running dry before the radical left government on Monday reached a draconian deal with its international creditors. Banks have been shut until at least Thursday, restricting Greeks to daily withdrawals of 60 euros ($66). The Greek Parliament on Wednesday was preparing to vote on the tough reforms, a condition demanded by the creditors before the flow of funds resumes.