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Drug makers to pay Ft 20 bln this year

Hungary's drug makers and drug distributors agreed at a meeting with government officials on Friday to pay Ft 20 bln this year and Ft 22.5 bln next year into the state's social insurance fund in order to make up for a shortfall in the National Health Fund (OET), business daily Napi Gazdaság reported. The drug makers and distributors could decide to divide the amount among themselves based on increases in turnover or the number of products each company has on the market, Health Minister Jenő Rácz said after the meeting.