The truth about the pharmaceutical industry

In view of the recent developments involving pharmaceutical companies, the industry unanimously condemns any illegal act and expresses its trust in Greek justice and its confidence that the allegations will be resolved as soon as possible.

However, we should point out that public debate is fraught with inaccuracies, exaggerations and rumours, all of which – intentionally or not – give false impressions, having a negatively impact on patients’ perceptions and public opinion and fuelling high uncertainty and controversy. There seems to be an attempt to annihilate the contribution that a whole industry makes not only to the health of citizens but also to the national economy.

Against this background, we provide some key facts and figures about the industry, which is very tightly regulated by the State – a fact that is perhaps unknown to the general public.