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Argentina running out of medical supplies

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:192
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. Buenos Aires

    Argentina's hospitals and pharmacies are running out of medical supplies and bracing themselves for rising drug prices as the bankrupt country sinks deeper into economic crisis.

    “We are facing true chaos. It is unprecedented. There is no medication or treatments,” Juan Carr, who heads Red Solidaria (Solidarity Network), a non-governmental community support organisation, told local media.

    Some hospitals have been forced to turn patients away as they run out of basic supplies such as syringes and gauze. Red Solidaria has called on the Argentine people to pool whatever stores of drugs they have for patients with AIDS, cancer, and organ transplants, who need specific drugs to stay alive. Brazil recently donated 275 000 doses of …

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