Low-Income African Countries ‘Pay 30 Times More’ for Drugs

June 18, 2019

(BBC) – African countries with small to medium-sized economies pay far more money for less effective drugs, a leading health expert has told BBC Newsday. In countries such as Zambia, Senegal and Tunisia, everyday drugs like paracetamol can cost up to 30 times more than in the UK and USA. Drug markets in poorer countries “just don’t work”, said Kalipso Chalkidou from the Centre for Global Development.  She said “competition is broken” due to a “concentrated supply chain”. 

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