publication . Article . 2020

Rapid Assessment of Price Instability and Paucity of Medicines and Protection for COVID-19 Across Asia: Findings and Public Health Implications for the Future

Brian Godman; Brian Godman; Brian Godman; Brian Godman; Mainul Haque; Salequl Islam; Samiul Iqbal; Umme Laila Urmi; Zubair Mahmood Kamal; Shahriar Ahmed Shuvo; ...
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  • Published: 14 Dec 2020 Journal: Frontiers in Public Health, volume 8 (eissn: 2296-2565, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Abstract
Background: Countries have introduced a variety of measures to prevent and treat COVID-19 with medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE), with some countries adopting preventative strategies earlier than others. However, there has been considerable controversy surrounding some treatments. This includes hydroxychloroquine where the initial hype and misinformation lead to shortages, price rises and suicides. Price rises and shortages have also been seen for PPE. Such activities can have catastrophic effects on patients where there are high co-payment levels and issues of affordability. Consequently, there is a need to investigate this further.Objective: As...
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Medical Subject Headings: health care economics and organizations
free text keywords: Public Health, Original Research, Bangladesh, community pharmacists, COVID-19, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, price rises, Vietnam, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Development economics, Unintended consequences, Rapid assessment, Personal protective equipment, Misinformation, Public health, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Business, Pandemic, Pharmacy, business.industry, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), lcsh:Public aspects of medicine, lcsh:RA1-1270
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