Drug stores close doors in Spanish protest

June 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

VALENCIA, Spain, June 9 (UPI) -- Pharmacies were closed in Spain Saturday to protest failure of the regional Comunidad Valenciana government to pay its bills.

More than 97 percent of the region's pharmacies closed for the day. The businesses are owed $600 million by the government, Think Spain reported.

A previous strike by pharmacies was effective, pushing the government to pay $150 million. But that settled the bill through January and the pharmacies have not received any payments since.

Some pharmacies are running out of medications, forcing customers to search from store to store to get their prescriptions filled.

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