Tiny investment needed for universal access to basic drugs: study

Tiny investment needed for universal access to basic drugs: studyAn investment of just $ 1-2 (0.90-1.80 euros) per person per month could give all people in low- and middle-income countries access to a basket of 201 essential medicines, researchers said Monday. One in five countries spend less than this amount on medicine — highlighting "the urgent need for additional financing to meet basic health care needs," said a special publication by The Lancet medical journal. A basket of essential medicines includes pain killers such as morphine, drugs against infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV or malaria, treatments for chronic conditions such as cancer or diabetes, as well as vaccines and contraceptives.



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