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Post: #1   PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:08 am Reply with quote
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Controversy over purchase of cheap medicine from Turkish-occupied north

The Cyprus Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (SFEK) are at odds with
the govenrment on whether citizens should be allowed to bring cheaper
medicine from the Turkish occupied north.

The Customs and Excise department recently clarified that pharmaceuticals
brought to the government-controlled areas through the checkpoints,
prompting criticism from importers that these drugs are a risk to public health.

This prompted the Ministry of Health to stress on Friday that the guidelines of
the Pharmaceutical Services and the Customs and Excise department on the
transfer of... [Read More]

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Post: #2   PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:09 pm Reply with quote
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I really cannot understand why any intelligent person would not ask the questions asked in this article themselves !
We are constantly being warned about cheap look alike make up etc which could harm ones skin and yet happily munch on unregulated medicines , it makes no sense at all in my humble opinion. Let the buyer beware
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:15 pm Reply with quote
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I would think that the majority of medication sold in the north is genuine with some, fake stuff in the mix, It wouldn't surprise me, if that is the same on this side, personally where health is concerned I wouldn't risk it, even if its a tiny chance of getting fake meds, I have used the same chemist in Larnaca for over thirty years and I trust 100%.
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:03 pm Reply with quote
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I used to buy my medication in the north of Nicosia for over a year. Bus from Larnaca for €7 return. 10 minutes walk from the bus station. But then the chemist put his prices up and I stopped going. Now I can't be bothered. But importantly, I know they were genuine because they worked. Included were my blood pressure tablets, so if they hadn't worked I would know because I regularly monitor my pressure.

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I used to buy my medication in the north of Nicosia for over a year. Bus from Larnaca for €7 return. 10 minutes walk from the bus station. But then the chemist put his prices up and I stopped going. Now I can't be bothered. But importantly, I know they were genuine because they worked. Included were my blood pressure tablets, so if they hadn't worked I would know because I regularly monitor my pressure.

With respect you were taking a chance, God forbid you had a stroke because the Blood pressure pills didnt work....no thanks not to save a few quid.
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This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!

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nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


I think they are asking that in the article
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nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!

Ive already said I think the meds in the north are the same as the South ..so where is that anti Turkish propaganda ?
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The The Cyprus Association of Pharmaceutical Companies do not have a vested interest do they?

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Just done a google search 'Counterfeit medicines north cyprus, and unfortunately there are quite a few instances were fake meds are being sold, too many to put on here ...heres just one ,
https://www.securingindustry.com/pharmaceuticals/more-fake-avastin-found-this-time-in-cyprus/s40/a5034/#.W5KYYugzbIU
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Post: #11   PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:41 pm Reply with quote
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Larryand Sue wrote:
The The Cyprus AssociatVion of Pharmaceutical Companies do not have a vested interest do they?


Of course they do but to my mind the users of the drugs have a larger one
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nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


With respect, but propaganda it is not and why shouldn't be anti Turkish, all those that shop cheaply in the illegally occupied areas expect the hospitals and doctors this side to be there at there every beck and and call. So who is going to pay for those?? You would all be the first to complain if you didn't get the treatment you required.

Close the crossing points problem solve as would many others as well.

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FSB Properties wrote:
nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


With respect, but propaganda it is not and why shouldn't be anti Turkish, all those that shop cheaply in the illegally occupied areas expect the hospitals and doctors this side to be there at there every beck and and call. So who is going to pay for those?? You would all be the first to complain if you didn't get the treatment you required.

Close the crossing points problem solve as would many others as well.



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Post: #14   PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:47 am Reply with quote
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Blossom wrote:
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I used to buy my medication in the north of Nicosia for over a year. Bus from Larnaca for €7 return. 10 minutes walk from the bus station. But then the chemist put his prices up and I stopped going. Now I can't be bothered. But importantly, I know they were genuine because they worked. Included were my blood pressure tablets, so if they hadn't worked I would know because I regularly monitor my pressure.

With respect you were taking a chance, God forbid you had a stroke because the Blood pressure pills didnt work....no thanks not to save a few quid.

That's a bit silly, Blossom. I said they DID work. If they hadn't, I'd have known immediately and bought new ones locally. No risk at all.

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According to SFEK, “the government’s decision violates the law itself and casts doubts over the pricing policy of the state, which was based on an expensive LSE study which was conducted to ensure the availability of medicine in Cyprus.”


That is the main problem in my view. There are many meds which aren´t available in the South (sometimes even when they are on the list of available meds). Given that there are no international pharmacies either you´re left with no choice but to get them from the North.
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scottie wrote:
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nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


With respect, but propaganda it is not and why shouldn't be anti Turkish, all those that shop cheaply in the illegally occupied areas expect the hospitals and doctors this side to be there at there every beck and and call. So who is going to pay for those?? You would all be the first to complain if you didn't get the treatment you required.

Close the crossing points problem solve as would many others as well.



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PatCon wrote:
Blossom wrote:
PatCon wrote:
I used to buy my medication in the north of Nicosia for over a year. Bus from Larnaca for €7 return. 10 minutes walk from the bus station. But then the chemist put his prices up and I stopped going. Now I can't be bothered. But importantly, I know they were genuine because they worked. Included were my blood pressure tablets, so if they hadn't worked I would know because I regularly monitor my pressure.

With respect you were taking a chance, God forbid you had a stroke because the Blood pressure pills didnt work....no thanks not to save a few quid.

That's a bit silly, Blossom. I said they DID work. If they hadn't, I'd have known immediately and bought new ones locally. No risk at all.

Patcon they worked for you, because you regularly checked your blood pressure, and knew things were ok... imagine someone purchasing blood pressure pills that were fake, , say they didn't check their blood pressure, result stroke etc,.. I put a link up that shows you , there are counterfeit meds being sold in the north, personally I wouldn't take that risk to save some money, where my health is involved.
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FSB Properties wrote:
nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


With respect, but propaganda it is not and why shouldn't be anti Turkish, all those that shop cheaply in the illegally occupied areas expect the hospitals and doctors this side to be there at there every beck and and call. So who is going to pay for those?? You would all be the first to complain if you didn't get the treatment you required.


Correct me if I'm wrong (well I suppose anything's possible Cool ) but I thought that the cost of any treatment for us ex pats was repaid to Cyprus by Britain! Confused

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Woodrow Why?at wrote:
FSB Properties wrote:
nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


With respect, but propaganda it is not and why shouldn't be anti Turkish, all those that shop cheaply in the illegally occupied areas expect the hospitals and doctors this side to be there at there every beck and and call. So who is going to pay for those?? You would all be the first to complain if you didn't get the treatment you required.


Correct me if I'm wrong (well I suppose anything's possible Cool ) but I thought that the cost of any treatment for us ex pats was repaid to Cyprus by Britain! Confused


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Woodrow Why?at wrote:
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nhowarth wrote:
This is the usual anti-Turkish propaganda.

People should ask why identical medicines are so much more expensive in the Republic?

When I'm in the UK I get my BP tabs from the chemist at about a third of the price I pay in Cyprus. I expect they're a risk to public health as well!


With respect, but propaganda it is not and why shouldn't be anti Turkish, all those that shop cheaply in the illegally occupied areas expect the hospitals and doctors this side to be there at there every beck and and call. So who is going to pay for those?? You would all be the first to complain if you didn't get the treatment you required.


Correct me if I'm wrong (well I suppose anything's possible Cool ) but I thought that the cost of any treatment for us ex pats was repaid to Cyprus by Britain! Confused


I was waiting for your pathetic response as a Turk supporter, yes you are right, it may well be covered by the UK, so who's going to pay the hospitals and doctors to administer this treatment that your government will pay for??

Money spent in the illegally occupied areas is to the detriment of the citizens of the republic and I don't care if GC go there as well, they are the worst kind to me.


Have a nice day.

Oh and here's another thought, a long shot all the same, so after BREXIT, what if this cross country agreement stops, who's going to pay for your treatment then??? Turkey???

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