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State can make drugs available cheaply to poor people

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:553
  1. Saroj Jayasinghe, associate professor (,
  2. Shyam Jayasinghe, student,
  3. Pubudu de Silva, research assistant
  1. Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, PO Box 271, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka
  2. Ananda College, Colombo
  3. University of Colombo, Colombo

    EDITOR—Sri Lanka has shown that the state should try to bring down drug prices in ways other than by asking drug companies to make drugs available at cost price to the poor.1 The country's state sector (with its zero charge services) has successfully used the concept of an …

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