The medicine crisis does not stop at the limits of its scarcity, especially medicines and drugs related to chronic diseases and life-saving services, but rather includes other aspects related to the chaos in the markets and flooding them with thousands of alternative (counterfeited) medicines to cover the shortage of the specialized usual brands that have disappeared.
In addition, the circumstances and conditions resulting from the war and conflict in Yemen have contributed to the exacerbation of the medicine market crisis in the country. Consequently, thousands of poor people die in different regions of Yemen, for reasons related to their lack of access to the price of medicine in some cases, and because of its high price in many cases, or because it is not available. Likewise, as is the case with some specific medicines for those suffering from chronic and incurable diseases, while others die because they do not have access to safe or quality medicines.
On the other hand, smuggled and expired medicines are sold in Yemeni markets in pharmacies, groceries (retail food stores), and shops, in full view of the people and from the ruling authorities. There is no control or accountability for this vital sector that affects human lives. Moreover, the most surprising thing is that most doctors in Yemen have become mired in deals of selling and distributing some specific types of medicines, without considering the health consequences that may befall the victimized citizen or not even considering the doctor's scientific honesty and professional conscience. Therefore, medicines and medical drugs in Yemen have become commercial commodities for those looking for quick profits.
"Khuyut", in this dossier, sheds light on this tragic reality: the crisis of medicine availability in Yemen, the methods of managing its market, the spread of smuggling, fraud, and counterfeiting, and the exploitation of some unscrupulous people of the current situation and the patients' needs, whose country is afflicted by the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the classification of the United Nations.
Here is the link to the materials of the “Medicine Crisis Dossier”: