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March 2016   Comments

The challenge of heart meds use

A radical shift is needed to make essential heart medications more available and affordable, according to a study in The Lancet. In an analysis of data from 18 countries, the researchers found that in the richest countries (Canada among them), 90 per cent of people with prior heart conditions take at least one of four drugs: Aspirin, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins. However, in low-income countries including Zimbabwe, where the drugs are unaffordable to most households and rarely stocked by pharmacies, only 17 per cent are taking any of them.

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