Company news: AstraZeneca, Roche
In a sign that the deepening EU financial crisis is putting stress on hospital dispensaries, Roche is now demanding hospitals in Spain and Portugal pay down their debts if they want to receive more medications, reported Bloomberg. This latest move by the Swiss drugmaker is part of the larger debt crisis narrative. Several locations were already on the pay-to-play list as of last year, but the latest change is that the number of hospitals on this list has continued to grow. Roche now requires several Greek hospitals to pay for drugs before delivery, according to Bloomberg.