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He also said that drug companies reinvest an average of 17 percent of their annual sales into research.

“The challenge here in Greece for this important industry is getting paid,” he added. “Obviously, it’s hard to imagine any businesses that provide goods and services for two to three years without getting paid and continue to do it.”

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