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Iranian boy dies due to medication shortage


Source: Radio Zamaneh

A 15-year-old hemophiliac boy has reportedly died in Iran due to a shortage of medication in the country.

Manouchehr Esmaili-Liousi

Khabar-on-line reports that Manouchehr Esmaili died in the southwestern city of Dezful. The report indicates that "he was in an accident in the mountains and because he did not have any medication at home, he died when he arrived at the hospital."

Ahmad Ghavidel, the head of the Hemophilia Society in Iran, said: "Unfortunately, hemophiliacs are currently facing a significant decline in access to their medication due to the sanctions, and patients cannot now have reserve medication at home for emergency cases under these conditions."

Recently, health ministry officials announced that Iran's medical drug reserves would be depleted within two months due to the sanctions.

Ghavidel said: "The Hemophiliac Society believes that the U.S. and EU are behind setting regulations that disguise what are really sanctions on food and medication, which are not supposedly on their boycott lists. With sanctions against our banks, they are putting the gravest inhumane pressures on the people of Iran and especially on the suffering patients."

Ghavidel stressed that hemophilia medication reserves are close to complete depletion and hemophiliacs are in grave danger in Iran.

The U.S. and the EU have imposed widespread sanctions on Iran in reaction to nuclear disputes with the Islamic Republic. The sanction have severely weakened the Iranian economy with high inflation and a fall in the value of the national currency.

Photo: A recent gathering by a group of thalassemia patients in Shiraz, Fars province protesting drug shortages - August 2012

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