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U.S., EU Sanctions Have Endangered Lives of Iranian Patients: Iranian Hemophilia Society

Group also cites disruption in the supply of medicines to patients in Iran.

Iran Hemophilia Society

(TEHRAN) - The Iranian hemophilia society sent a letter to the president of the World Federation of Hemophilia and the president of the World Health Organization on July 28, warning about the negative effect of sanctions on the health of hemophiliacs in Iran.

“As you are aware, hemophiliacs and other patients suffering from serious blood coagulation disorders need to regularly take medicines and receive blood products imported from the United States and European countries. In the event of any disruption in the supply and purchase of the necessary and vital medicines,” many patients may become paralyzed or may die, part of the letter said.

It added, “Unfortunately, extensive sanctions against the Iranian government and nation by the European Union and the United States- despite the fact that in official documents of these countries, the sanctions do not include a ban on (the supply of) medicines- have practically made it difficult for patients to purchase and access to medicines... The (sanctions) have also seriously endangered the lives of tens of thousands of patients, particularly children, suffering from special diseases.”

The Iranian hemophilia society also called on the World Federation of Hemophilia and the World Health Organization to condemn the disruption in the supply of medicines to patients in Iran and take the measures necessary to prevent a “humanitarian crisis” from occurring in Iran.

EP/AM

Special thanks to Firouzeh Mirrazavi, Deputy Editor, Iran Review.Org Iran-Tehran


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