Iranian medication costs increased by 16 times

Iran Materials 19 January 2012 13:28 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 19 /Trend M. Moezzi/

Iranians' per capita spending for medication has increased 16 times in 12 years; the website for Jam-e Jam newspaper reported, quoting the head of a medical organisation as saying.

From 1997 to 2008, the cost for each Iranian's medication grew from 23,000 rials (about $2 today) to 346,000 rials (about $30 today), said Dr. Shahabeddin Sadr, the head of the Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The use of domestic medications has doubled and those imported has tripled over this time.

"The medical council is continuing its discussions with Iran's health ministry about government and non-government tariffs for the coming year (Iran's solar year ends in March)," said Dr. Sadr.