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[Comment] Improving access to NCD medicines through collaboration

Access to affordable essential medicines, part of Millennium Development Goal 8, remains low worldwide.1 Between 2007 and 2014, generic medicines were available on average in 58% of public health facilities in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).1 Poor access to affordable medicines in the public sector can force patients to turn to the private sector where the costs of generic medicines tend to be higher than that of international reference prices,2 along with pricing mark-ups for patented medicines and distribution costs.