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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:13 PM

Iran unable to get life-saving drugs due to international sanctions

Source: The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians with serious illnesses have been put at imminent risk by the unintended consequences of international sanctions, which have led to dire shortages of life-saving medicines such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer and bloodclotting agents for haemophiliacs.

Western governments have built waivers into the sanctions regime aimed at persuading Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in an effort to ensure that essential medicines get through, but those waivers are not functioning, as they conflict with blanket restrictions on banking, as well as bans on "dual-use" chemicals which might have a military application.

"Sometimes companies agree to sell us drugs but we have no way of paying them. On one occasion, our money was in the bank for four months but the transfer repeatedly got rejected," Naser Naghdi, the director general of Darou Pakhsh, the country's biggest pharmaceutical company, told the Guardian, in a telephone interview from Tehran.

"There are patients for whom a medicine is the different between life and death. What is the world doing about this? Are Britain, Germany, and France thinking about what they are doing? If you have cancer and you can't find your chemotherapy drug, your death will come soon. It is as simple as that."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/13/iran-lifesaving-drugs-international-sanctions

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alp227 Jan 2013 OP
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #1
truth2power Jan 2013 #10
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #2
iandhr Jan 2013 #3
madrchsod Jan 2013 #4
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MrSlayer Jan 2013 #7
polly7 Jan 2013 #8
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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:57 PM

1. "Unintended consequences?" BULLSHIT

This happens to EVERY nation that sanctions are levied on. We can't wander around with a gawky look of surprise and go "durrr, never knew THAT would happen!"

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:32 PM

10. Iraq redux. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:20 PM

2. Well THAT'LL teach 'em to refuse to worship Jesus!!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:49 PM

3. Sanctions always hurt the wrong people.

It usually never hurts the regime in power and usually doesn't change there behavior.

The exception being South African government ended apartheid after pressure from international sanctions.

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:54 PM

4. sanctions are an act of war

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:05 PM

6. And unprovoked in this case

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:54 PM

5. Many Americans unable to get life-saving drugs due to lack of money/insurance n/t

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:13 PM

7. Economic sanctions in America do the same.

 

Not treating people so that rich assholes can have that second yacht or fifth home is an economic sanction. Destroying middle class jobs for that same reason is an economic sanction. Eliminating Medicaid is an economic sanction.

This is par for the course.

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:21 PM

8. They know exactly how destructive they are to civilians.

Sanctions serve as a necessary prelude to either regime change or war, because the conditions for removing them can either never be met or never existed in the first place. It's been proven time after time they don't impact the rulers of these nations ... it's always the citizens whose lives are destroyed. Some have described it as economic terrorism .... I agree.

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