Lebanese pharmacists on strike on April 8, 2021

According to Libnannews and L’Orient Le Jour (https://libnanews.com/liban-crise-greve-des-pharmaciens-jeudi-prochain/; https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1257424/les-pharmaciens-appellent-a-une-greve-le-8-avril.html), pharmacists are calling for a strike on Thursday across the country, between 8 AM and 3 PM. A sit-in is being organized in front of the Ministry of Health.

Lebanese pharmacists “are accusing exclusive agencies of provoking medication shortages while waiting for the end of the subsidy program for the purchase of basic necessities“.

Since September 2020, 50% of medicines had disappeared from the market“, as per Libnannews.

Can you imagine the impact of all this on people’s lives, quality of life, health, and prognosis of their diagnoses and chronic conditions? For example, many citizens need to take a drug for their heart disease, thyroid condition, diabetes, cancer, or clinical depression? Due to shortages in medication, people find themselves walking or driving from one pharmacy to the other, putting themselves and others at more risk of exposure to the coronavirus. If they are lucky, they find the needed drug, or a similar medication. If they are unlucky, they leave without their much needed medication.

To conclude this post, once again, it is unbelievable how much Lebanon’s status has gone down, within months only: from a middle-income developed country, it currently looks like a state with low income. It is probably one with the fastest declining income.

What is the solution for tiny bankrupt yet resistant Lebanon?

4 thoughts on “Lebanese pharmacists on strike on April 8, 2021”

  1. Pharma is not medicine… the Rockefeller’s took over and corrupted our medical schools a long time ago. Perhaps getting people to understand AGAIN THAT food is medicine and their bodies are a temple that should be cherished and nurtured not abused with drugs from the legal drug mafia who are currently abusing the planet’s people with their untested and unsafe vaxx programmes. Just think… humanity survived this long without pharmacies… maybe they will be able to do it again.. and bankrupting big pharma vaxx industries and massive corporations would be a great outcome. Modern medicine is not healthcare it is deathcare. I have little interest in what happens to the ‘pharmacies’ of the world but the farmacies of the future are about food.. p.s. I love Lebanese food! I survived happily on wonderful lentil soup from a wonderful family run Lebanese Restaurant in Vancouver during my last trimester of pregnancy in the 90s.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on this post. I appreciate your wisdom about food. Mmm, I now wonder if this is the same restaurant Bambi once had the chance to bump into whilst walking in Vancouver (although this beautiful city would likely have more than one Lebanese restaurant :)). Seriously now, lentil soups are an amazing (and usually affordable) idea at any times, especially in pregnancies! Bambi wrote “usually” because she is hearing shocking stories about unaffordable lentils, rice, and even bread in Lebanon these days.

      1. Could very well be.. in the downtown area of the city .. called Cedar of Lebanon Restaurant in Vancouver’s thriving metropolis…. over near the St. Paul’s Hospital back then? It was about 15 minutes to walk over there from my offices at the Grosvenor Building on Georgia Street – but well worth the time and exercise and sweat! God bless you and your efforts to keep peace.

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