The country has become a major source of drug smuggling into Europe and the Middle East.
Now, it’s also a center for 24-hour pharmacy services.
But for many Egyptians, the drug market is a nightmare.
The country’s central government has made it mandatory for doctors and pharmacists to obtain and use prescription medications to treat their patients.
“When I see the prices, it just makes me mad,” said Hisham Mohamed, who works in the pharmacy department of the Ministry of Health.
He said that he’s not allowed to take his own medication for his illness, and that he’ll take it from a doctor or pharmacist.
In addition to paying out tens of thousands of dollars to pharmacists for their services, Mohamed said that many Egyptians have had to switch to expensive medications to save money.
And some pharmacists have also complained that the government’s strict regulation of the drug industry has made them more expensive.
The United Nations has estimated that there are more than 4 million patients across Egypt who require medication to treat the condition of chronic kidney disease, chronic pain, and other health conditions.
To get around the law, pharmacists are allowed to dispense medicine in pharmacies or to distribute it to patients.
But according to Mohamed, he’s never seen a single pharmacist take his medication and he’s even had to resort to making an appointment at a private clinic for his prescription.
“The government has forced us to make a choice,” he said.
“Either we go to a private pharmacy or take it directly from the government.”
The Pharmacy Market in Egypt has been growing since it opened in 2011.
A study released in January found that it has attracted an estimated $25 billion in foreign investment and that it’s now the third-largest source of foreign trade in the country, behind the oil industry and construction.
But the government is reportedly struggling to enforce its law and regulations, and it has faced a growing public backlash over its drug policy.
After years of opposition from both sides of the political spectrum, Egypt’s new leader, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, signed an order in February to lift the state of emergency and reinstate the constitution, which gives the president the authority to grant executive powers.
But critics say Sissi has failed to protect patients and has failed in his duty to the public.
“We are the people of Egypt and we are the patients of Egypt,” said Ahmed al-Bakr, the owner of a pharmacy in the city of Al-Husaybah.
“Sissie is not doing anything for the public.”
He added that he would rather have the drug policies of the past enforced by his local pharmacists.
According to Mohamed and many other pharmacists, it seems that the crackdown on pharmacies is a result of the government making a political statement about the economy and public safety.
“For a long time, the people have been demanding that the state be kept on top of the economy,” Mohamed said.
He said he feels like he has no other choice but to go to pharmacies to obtain medication and pay the prices he must pay to his doctor or to a pharmacist for his medication.
“I’m so angry.
I’m so scared,” he added.
“But there are people who are dying.”