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In the days after a deadly pandemic hit Europe in 2016, the country of Denmark took a hard look at the role of pharmaceutical companies in their country’s epidemic.
Denmark’s Health Minister Anne Kristiansen recently said the country’s “medical system is a bit more complicated” because it was in charge of administering and overseeing drugs and other treatment for the pandemic, the Copenhagen Post reported.
And yet, she said, “there are a lot of pharmaceutical firms, and they do not care about the quality of the treatment.
They care about how many patients they can take.
So the quality and quantity of the medication will be what counts.”
The Danish government recently made it harder for pharmaceutical companies to get drugs approved for the country, requiring them to pay for the drugs and make them available to hospitals, clinics and other health care providers.
The move is aimed at making sure those in charge can effectively manage the countrys pandemic.
But the measure is only a first step, and a few experts say the Danish government should take a hardline approach toward the pharmaceutical industry.
The new legislation will be put to a vote in parliament next month.
The government says it wants to reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals sold in Denmark, but critics say it will make it harder to regulate the industry.
“I think we need to get rid of the government and the doctors.
We need to be more open-minded,” said Ulf Hagen, a professor of medicine at the University of Copenhagen.
“They are not only in charge, but they are also in charge in our country.”
The new law could also make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe the drugs.
“It will affect doctors who are working in the field of medicine, who have a long-standing relationship with their patients, who are in charge,” said Professor Hagen.
“If you don’t give doctors the chance to do their job, how are we going to prevent people from dying?”
He said that doctors could be more likely to prescribe a drug if they knew that it would cost them money and would be dangerous.
The law is also expected to restrict how long people can be in hospital after being prescribed a drug.
A doctor would need to inform the patient that they will be leaving the hospital within 30 days.
The new bill will not apply to prescription drugs, but some doctors say it is still an important measure to keep in mind.
“Doctors have to keep an eye on the price, the amount they are paying, the duration they are in hospital,” said Dr. Helle Berg-Olsen, a doctor at the city hospital of Thorvaldsnes.
“I would have to say it does not matter if the medicine is free or not, but it is important to have this warning.”
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