Mawlamyine, July (14)

Some imported medicines are in short supply in Mon State, and the price for medicines has risen again, the pharmacists and doctors told Than Lwin Times.

With strong dollar and restrictions on the import of medicine, shortages of some foreign medicines have led to an increase in drug prices.

After the United States put sanctions on two junta-controlled banks, the dollar exchange rate soared to roughly 3,200 kyats, and several medicines were also in short supply due to military council limitations on medical importation.

The price of essential medicines in the market rises from 10% to 50% depending on the type of medicine amid medicine shortages.

Some medications used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes are in short supply with skyrocketing prices.

According to a doctor, “due to rising drug prices, the lower and middle classes cannot afford to buy medicine, and they can no longer be treated at hospitals, and their illnesses may worsen because they only take medicines from pharmacies.”

In addition, he warned people to be careful because treating diseases with home remedies can make the disease more serious or even lead to death.

Drug importers believed that companies are running low on drug stocks, and if the military council does not ease the restrictions on drug imports, the impact on the medicine market could be severe.

Myanmar mostly imports medicines and health-related products from Thailand, China, and India, and drug shortages were common under the military regime.

News-Than Lwin Times


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