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10 facts on essential medicines

A woman receiving medicines from a pharmacy, Sudan
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Fact 4

A 2004 survey in Uganda showed that among 28 nationally listed essential medicines, only 55% could be found in free health facilities. "Out-of-pocket' prices were 13.6 times higher for branded products and 2.6 higher for generics than the international pricing reference.

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