Spain: recession worsens, bursts "the drugs affair"

31 July, 11:01

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, JULY 31 - Recession in Spain worsens, inflation has reached 2,2% in April, the highest level since the beginning of the year.

This seems to be caused by the increase in drug prices, which has unchained a real war of the sector against the Minister of Health.

This coming week appears crucial for the Spanish government, led by Mariano Rajoy, undermined by the unsustainable costs of debt financing and ready to ask for Ue aid, despite the official denial. The increase of the three tenth of inflation in July reflects the increasing expense for drugs and pharmaceutical products, according to The National Institute of Statistics.A significant increase, comparing to the Spanish inflation, stabilized at -0,4% of GDP.

Last April Spanish government approved a bill that obliged all citizens, including pensioners, to pay a fee for prescriptions, and forces pharmacists to sell only cheapest "active principles".

This caused the unavalability and the depletion of drugs. "Todo un triplete" the title of a dayly paper which underlines the indignation of the citizens, the pharmacists, and the rising in drug prices.

Eight months after conquered Moncloa, Rajoy seems to be overhelmed by events. 63per cent of Spaniards would privilege a technical government in order to face crisis in a more efficient way.(ANSAmed).


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