US Sanctions Make Meds Scarce in Iran

Alireza Karimi’s father has just 1 bottle left of diazoxide pills he needs to keep insulin levels low in his fight against pancreatic cancer.

The medication has become impossible to find in Iran since the US withdrew from its nuclear deal with the country and reimposed economic sanctions. Further evidence of the medication shortage: 200 mental health professionals recently appealed to the government to improve scarcity of medications for their patients. 

Foreign pharmaceutical companies have stopped business in Iran because of the sanctions’ banking restrictions and additional penalties for companies doing business with the country. 

The New York Times

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