Study Reveals Cost of "Essential" Antibiotic in Africa
January 14, 2010
According to a Health Action International (HAI) survey of 93 countries, the price of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin in Africa is higher than in other regions of the world, Daily Nation/allAfrica.com reports. "Ciprofloxacin, which is classified by the World Health Organisation as an essential medicine, is widely used in treating diarrhoeal diseases, sexually transmitted infections and opportunistic infections in people living with [HIV/AIDS]," the newspaper writes. "HAI urged African governments to examine access to affordable essential medicines and pass policies that ensure patients benefit from lower prices," according to the newspaper (1/13). Business Daily/allAfrica.com examines several factors contributing to the high price of the antibiotic in Kenya (Mbogo, 1/13).
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