Drug short­ages

Why the prob­lem is so widespread­glob­ally and across the MENA re­gion?

Middle East Business (English) - - FRONT PAGE -

In this is­sue of Mid­dle East Busi­ness Mag­a­zine we at­tempt to shed some light - in both English and Ara­bic - on an is­sue that is af­fect­ing both the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try and the mar­ket­ing of medicines/ drugs in gen­eral. Some of the chal­lenges in­volve short­ages of cer­tain kinds of medicines. A re­cent World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) re­port shows that such short­ages are not just af­fect­ing our re­gion, but other ar­eas of the de­vel­oped world, in­clud­ing the USA. The lack of rel­e­vant data for the WHO re­port's au­thors was a prob­lem, re­quir­ing them to rely on a vast ar­ray of sources. So as to pro­vide re­gional in­sight, and re­al­is­ing a sim­i­lar scarcity of data specif­i­cally for the MENA re­gion, we have also in­cluded a small re­view which ap­peared in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of hos­pi­tal Phar­macy on the short­age of medicines in Jor­dan. In other parts of the Mid­dle East, rea­sons for drug short­ages vary; in Iran, the (re­cently lifted) sanc­tions are one of the pri­mary rea­sons; in Gaza, the 8-year block­ade im­posed on it by Is­rael is to blame; in other ar­eas, such as in Egypt, nu­mer­ous causes in­clud­ing na­tional rev­o­lu­tions and fi­nan­cial mismanagement are be­hind their prob­lems. Ye­men, Syria and Iraq are no dif­fer­ent.

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