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Iranians say US sanctions blocking access to needed medicine

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 02:34:27-04

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s economy is in free fall after the U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal and escalated sanctions on Tehran, and prices of imported medicines have soared as the national currency tumbles against the dollar.

Even medicines manufactured in Iran are tougher to come by for ordinary Iranians, their cost out of reach for many in a country where the average monthly salary is equivalent to about $450.

Iran’s health system can’t keep up and many blame President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign for the staggering prices and shortages.

While the United States insists that medicines and humanitarian goods are exempt from sanctions, restrictions on trade have made many banks and companies across the world hesitant to do business with Iran, fearing punitive measures from Washington.