According to the BBC, everyone’s favourite pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk is withdrawing its insulin products – including Levemir & NovoRapid – from Greece after the Greek government ordered a 25% price cut in all medicines due to their current financial difficulties. You can read Aunty Beeb’s full article here:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10189367.stm
Being evil, I always like to stick up for the capitalist overlord – after all Big Pharma is a huge business, it’s not a lovely, fluffy, ickle-wickle charity. But if I were a Greek diabetic I would find this move by Novo Nordisk somewhat unnerving. It’s unlikely that we’ll see pancreatically-challenged hoards dying the streets – there are other insulins available after all and I expect grey imports of Novo Nordisk products into Greece will flourish – but it does represent a reduction in choice of the insulins that are available. This is obviously not good.
It remains to be seen whether the other members of Big Pharma will follow suit and, if so, it’s rather disconcerting for all of us with broken pancreases. I don’t know about you but I find the thought of my insulin being withdrawn from sale somewhat unpleasant – after all we do all rely on it to live and I, personally, quite like living.
So it’s something I think we should all watch closely. And immediately start stocking up on our life-giving insulin! And keeping our stashes under (refrigerated) lock and key; and nailing rough pieces of timber over our doors and windows; guarding our supplies while clutching – sweaty, watchful and paranoid – a loaded shotgun!
However, it’s not all bad for Greek diabetics – there is a ray of sunshine amongst these gloomy clouds; the BBC reports that Novo Nordisk is making glucagen available for free. Which will be really very useful in bringing those high blood sugar levels down. Mmmm.
BBC article – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10189367.stm