Chemists to withdraw cheaper meds

The pharmaceutical industry in Cyprus is getting ready to pull meds off the shelves as an 8.5% price drop gets ready to kick in this summer following a directive from the Health Ministry.

The Cyprus Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (CAPC) is preparing a list of pharmaceuticals to be withdrawn from the market due to prices being too low. A representative from CAPC, Avgoustinos Potamitis, told Phileleftheros that “consecutive reductions in prices have made meds unprofitable for pharmaceutical companies”.

The price cuts are a result of a directive by Health Minister Filippos Patsalis, issued last year, resulting already to some price reductions in January 2015. The next reduction of 8.5% by end of June is seen by the government as a necessary measure to bring higher Cypriot med prices in line with the rest of Europe.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report, published last year, had raised the issue by calling for an immediate reduction on medicine prices across the board after finding “per capita spending on drugs in the private sector is among the highest in the world” in Cyprus.

According to reports, the directive from the minister is a temporary measure as efforts to get the National Health Service off the ground have been delayed. The brain of the scheme, a sophisticated health management software, is expected to make the entire system more efficient as well as bring prices down as a result.

The Cyprus Association of Research and Development for Pharmaceutical Companies is also reacting to the price reduction not just because meds will become unprofitable but also because they see the directive as “dictatorial”.

It seems the government is determined to bring prices down one way or another, including finding other ways to import meds, if necessary.

Source: in-cyprus

Boost for Larnaca tourism from Iran

Over 1,200 tourists from Iran will have visited Cyprus by Thursday to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which is marked on March 21, according to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

Around 1,000 have already visited the island and the influx is expected to continue until April 2 with the majority of the 1,200 travellers staying in Larnaca and arranging local tours in the city.

Departures from Iran began on March 19 with six charter flights booked. The influx has been a breath of fresh air for the tourism industry in Larnaca during a period where reservations are limited, travel agents said.

Nowruz, which means ‘New Day’ is celebrated by people with various religious backgrounds but is a holy day for Zoroastrians.

Source: Cyprus Mail

2nd International Tattoo Convention 3rd-5th April

The International Tattoo Convention returns to Cyprus, this time with more than 70 tattooists and piercers from around the world.

With live artists & bands:
- Minus One
- The Zilla Project
- Rawbin Cult
- Neon Knights
- Crash n Burn
- Midenistis
- Dynarhymes

The event also includes:
- Stage Performances
- Daily Tattoo Contests
- Shops & Stals

From: Friday, April 3rd, 2015
Until: Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Time: 14:00 - 22:00

Lanitis Carob Mill Complex
Vasilissis Street
Limassol, Limassol Cyprus

Daily Pass €10 / 3day pass €20

Ammos Beach Bar presents Deborah De Luca on March 31st

Ammos Beach Bar in Larnaca presents the International DJ and producer, Deborah De Luca.

Born under the shade of the sails of Scampia, difficult neighborhood at the periphery of Naples. Born in 1980, she embarked on a career in the music world working very hard , starting as a waitress in many clubs and then as a dancer for several years.

When she was a teenager she moved to Northern Italy for the high school, started a route into the world of fashion industry studying to become a fashion designer, but soon she understands that his path was in a completely different direction, enthusiasm for the night life in the local gave her the right reason to start a journey that now counts a lot of people who appreciate her , first of all for her talent.

Came back soon to live in her hometown, Naples, she met Giuseppe Cennamo, DJ and producer from Naples (Desolat - Sci + Tech - 8bit - Carillon), who led Deborah to work on her knowledge into new music genres and trends, giving shape to a charisma that immediately has worked hard with productions signed by her as Sola_mente Records label founded in March 2013 , which today relies on collaborators such as Dj Simi and Giorgio Rusconi.

Her tracks also found positive results in well-known names in the world of DJing, as Magda , Dj Ralf, Someone Else and Layo & Buswaka. Her music in a few years, became a high quality brand, a good fusion of hard techno and minimal sounds without ever being common . All of this is synonymous with passion and strong personality.

Today, Deborah De Luca plays in many clubs all over the world: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco, Slovenia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Armenia, Russia and continues to produce always fresh and innovative music , although she doesn't belong to any musical trend , but conciliates always different tastes.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Time: Starts at 23:00

Ammos Beach Bar
Makenzy Beach
Larnaca, Larnaca 6027, Cyprus
Phone: 24828844

Blue Pine presents Touch Response Live on April 1st

The Blue Pine goes LIVE again, with something different this time!

LIVE Reggae, Ska, Rock & Blues with the great Touch Response Band, for their first appearance in Larnaca!

Stefanos Ioannides [vocals, guitar]
Afroditi Nicolaou [bass]
Stelios Frangos [lead guitar]
Vassilis Palamas [guitar, harmonica]
Frixos Protopapas [drums]

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Time: Starts at 15:00

Blue Pine
3 Louki Pieride Street
Larnaca, Larnaca 6021, Cyprus
Phone: 24646553

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