Bank of Medicines
The economic crisis of the last few years has left almost one third of the population, in particular the uninsured and indigent citizens, without access to public health care services. The large proportions of the phenomenon and the constant appeals for free access to health and pharmaceutical care have prompted a number of initiatives, which however are mostly of a piecemeal character and often raise questions about the appropriateness of the methods followed for the collection, storage and distribution of the medicines donated.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme and in order to prevent the economic crisis from turning into a health crisis, SFEE has set up the «“Bank of Medicines – Network for the Collection and Free Distribution of Medicines” » for indigent and uninsured citizens. SFEE sees itself as an integral part of the community within which it operates, and therefore assumes its share of responsibility towards society and its sector of activity. We unite our member companies into a network for the collection and free distribution of medicines, coordinated centrally by SFEE and subject to specific eligibility criteria.
The initiative refers to the development of a network, a chain of partners involved in the collection and free distribution of medicines to indigent and uninsured citizens, under the central coordination of SFEE.
The “SFEE Bank of Medicines” is designed to enable SFEE as an institutional body, as well as the pharmaceutical industry as a whole and individual member companies, to demonstrate their solidarity and contribution to meeting an urgent social need; to respond to as many as possible requests for pharmaceutical support according to their capacity; and, in a coordinated and organised manner, to effectively help to ensure the access of the uninsured and indigent citizens to pharmaceutical care.
In brief, the “SFEE Bank of Medicines” operates as follows:
- The Athens Medical Association (ISA) and other reliable entities record their monthly needs and communicate them to SFEE.
- SFEE evaluates the requests and signs a Partnership Agreement with entities meeting the eligibility criteria.
- SFEE assesses the extent to which the requests can be satisfied by products close to expiry day and forwards the remaining requests to its member companies, which will make medicines available out of their regular stocks, according to their capacities.
- SFEE member companies provide medicines out of their stocks according to their capacities.
- SFEE acts as coordinator of the whole process.
By setting up the “SFEE Bank of Medicines – Network for the Free Distribution of Medicines” to uninsured and indigent citizens, we aim to:
- effectively support Public Health and those in real need;
- raise awareness about the need for proper standards and methodologies to be followed in the collection, storage and distribution of medicines;
- promote our vision and work across Greek society;
- be the first to run to the rescue in the face of a pressing social need, putting our resources together and aggregating our power.
For the SFEE Bank of medicines – Network for the Free Distribution of Medicines to the Uninsured and Indigent Citizens, you may contact:
ISA (Athens Medical Association)
Persons in charge of the Social Mission Surgery: Ms Eleni Doulianaki, Pediatrician, tel.: 6972702589 and Ms Anna Papaprokopiou, Pharmacist, tel.: 6948724162,
Ms Maria Leontari, SFEE Communications Director, tel.: 210-6891101,