News ID: 263741
Published: 1257 GMT December 31, 2019

Health minister: US has blocked supply of MPS medicine

Health minister: US has blocked supply of MPS medicine
IRNA
Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki

The US has created obstacles for supply of medicines for the MPS patients in Iran, Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said on Tuesday.

He added that the US, the so-called advocate of human rights, has blocked the supply of all medicines to Iran, IRNA reported.

"We have been able to provide essential medicines, except for the American medicine for patients with MPS."

Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) refers to a group of inherited conditions in which the body is unable to properly breakdown mucopolysaccharides (long chains of sugar molecules that are found throughout the body).

As a result, these sugars buildup in cells, blood and connective tissue which can lead to a variety of health problems. Seven distinct forms and numerous subtypes of mucopolysaccharidosis have been identified.

Unfortunately, medicines for MPS patients are only manufactured in one US company and a South Korean-licensed company, he said.

"The United States has blocked the way to supply medicines, but by the efforts of our colleagues, we have circumvented sanctions and imported all the essential medicines," he said.

The Health Ministry has written a letter to the Secretary-General of the World Health Organization and strongly complained that this was a crime against humanity, he added.

   
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