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Why can't Egyptians get the medicines they need?

Egypt's decision to float the pound sent drug prices soaring, and drug companies have responded by curtailing imports, leading to a critical shortage.
A customer waits for his medicine at a pharmacy in downtown Cairo, Egypt, November 17, 2016. Picture taken November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany  To match Insight EGYPT-CURRENCY/MEDICINE - RTSSSE8

CAIRO — Mohammed Lufti was desperate to obtain the prescription drugs his mother needed to live. He couldn't afford them, but he was trying to raise funds for her treatment after a stroke sent her to a Cairo hospital's intensive care unit.

“My mother is dying and we cannot afford the treatment,” he tweeted Nov. 19. But even if he could raise enough money, he hadn't been able to find the drugs. Egypt has been suffering from an acute shortage of many medicines, especially imported ones, since its Central Bank decided Nov. 3 to float the Egyptian pound.

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