Iran allots $2.8 bln to medicine purchase
Azerbaijan, Baku , Jan.27/ Trend F.Milad/
Iranian banks have allocated 2.8 billion dollars to medicine purchase in the first ten months of current Iranian calendar year, which began March 20, the Central Bank of Iran reported.
The amount is 400 million dollars more than the same period previous year, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Head of the Iranian Parliament's Health Committee, Hossein Ali Shahriari, had said on November 5, 2012 that in order to meet the Iranian patients' demands, some 2.5 billion dollars should be allocated to medicine purchase by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013).
Iranian doctors, patients and officials say that due to a ban on financial transactions, even medicines and other critical supplies that are exempted from the sanctions for humanitarian reasons are no longer exported to the country, New York Times reported on November 2.
An estimated number of six million patients, many of them with cancer, are affected by the shortages.