(Persia Digest) - US sanctions against Iran are now affecting the sick here. Whilst Donald Trump and other US officials claim that American sanctions are not against the Iranian people, drug imports to this country are facing hurdles.
Iran’s Health Minister pointed out that the Foreign Ministry is trying to facilitate the import of medication, saying: “I believe positive outcomes will be announced by FM Zarif within the next two to three weeks.”
Ghazizadeh-Hashemi added: “In addition to oil sale revenues, we can also benefit from money transfers, especially to European countries, so that we will not encounter difficulties in acquiring raw materials and medication.”
Persia Digest reports that pharmaceutical imports faced severe challenges between the years 2011 and 2013 when the US and EU imposed crippling sanctions against Iran, leading to patient deaths as prices rose and medicine became unavailable.
Following the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran and Trump’s unilateral exit from the multilateral accord in May this year, US sanctions have been reimposed on Iran, parts of which will begin next month. Meanwhile, patients requiring specialized drugs are concerned about the future more than ever before, wondering whether the drugs they need will be available at reasonable prices.
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