Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - Problems in transferring money from foreign banks and using foreign exchange has been hindering the import of pharmaceutical raw materials into the country for a long time, announced the director of medical supply department at the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).
"With not having the required raw materials, we have many problems producing
some medicines, and the production of some medicines has stopped all together,"
Mehr news agency quoted Ali Faraji as saying on Sunday.
"We hope that the problem will be solved with the help of the Central Bank and the Food and Drug Administration," said Faraji.
"As an international agency, we have offered the Health Ministry to help them in importing raw materials. They are still reviewing our offer and has not responded yet."
"The main problem now is not having access to some foreign raw materials that are critical in producing medicine," he added.
Last week, the deputy health minister said that the American claim that medicine, food and humanitarian aid are not subject to sanctions is "ridiculous".
According to Alireza Raeesi, It is true that medicines and humanitarian goods are exempt from sanctions but the sanctions have restricted transfer of money which affects importation of food and medicine.
Sanctions are killing Iranian patients
Last week, Foreign Policy released a report about how sanctions are "killing cancer patients in Iran."
The report was written by Abbas Kebriaeezadeh, a professor of pharmacology at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the vice chairman of the Iranian Pharmaceutical Industries Syndicate.
According to the report, Washington claims that maximum pressure won't stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.
According to Kebriaeezadeh, "Last month, the U.S. Department of State released a video addressed to the people of Iran. In the video, Trump administration official Brian Hook claims that it is a 'myth' that sanctions target Iran's access to medicine. For more than a decade, my fellow Iranian medical professionals and I have been struggling to protect patients from the fallout of U.S. sanctions. We have studied sanctions impacts on Iran's health care sector and advocated for better responses from our own government. Our findings make clear that the harms being inflicted on Iranian patients are not mythology."
Iranians are paying for US sanctions with their health
Officially, the sanctions exempt humanitarian goods, such as food, medicine and medicinal instruments. But in reality, shortages in essential goods have affected households across the country. Because of sanctions, Iran's health sector is struggling to keep up with soaring prices of medications and medical instruments, doctors tell CNN. -Tamara Qiblawi, Frederik Pleitgen and Claudia Otto, CNN 02/22/19
economic sanctions restrict Iran's access to medical, health services: IRIMC
The Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) says illegal economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Tehran have negative impacts on the country's health sector, calling for an immediate and humanitarian solution to the issue. - 11/19/18
International Community Must Establish Mechanisms to Sell Humanitarian Goods to
Iran, Iranian Government Must Ensure Affordability
With the full reinstatement of US sanctions on Iran on November 5, which will make financial transactions between Iranians and major economies in the world difficult and in many cases impossible, people's access to humanitarian goods such as essential food items, medicine and medical supplies in Iran could be imperiled. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) calls on the international community to institute transparent financial mechanisms that will ensure trade in medicines and other essential humanitarian items will continue unimpeded with Iran. - 10/23/18
New US Sanctions Will Make Iranians Sicker
Sanctions against Iran are almost as old as I am. I was born in early 1980, and international sanctions against Iran began during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s as most global and regional powers supported Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in his invasion of the country. My father was injured and exposed to chemical weapons during that war, and as a result suffered from Parkinson's disease later in life. -Fariba Pajooh - 5/16/18
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