Drug makers have started putting quotas on their products to prevent pharmacies from stockpiling supplies while Greece's future remains uncertain, according to shop owners Deborah Gembara reports.
At pharmacies like this one in Athens, the shelves are full but it isn't clear how long that will last . New capital controls, put in place last Monday have some owners worried about medicine and supply shortages (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) Pharmacy Owner Anna Chatzopoulo "Things are getting a bit tougher...We are taking things one day at a time. Efforts put in place to keep the banking system from collapsing have had a ripple effect --- with suppliers placing quotas on their products --- to prevent stockpiling. This pharmacy owner says she's doing OK for the moment thanks to good relationships with her suppliers. However, if Greece's leaders fail to reach a deal soon, she says her shelves will be empty within a matter of weeks. With so much uncertainty about the economy, many pharmacies are now only accepting cash.