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[Correspondence] Uncontrollable medicine prices in Pakistan

The Sustainable Development Goal 3 presented by the UN1 emphasises that there is an urgent need to ensure that everyone has access to quality treatment at affordable costs. Therefore, among several interventions, one method to control health-care costs is to make sure that medicines are reasonably priced and affordable to the general population. However, affordability of medicines seems to be of low importance to policy makers in Pakistan. In recent months, prices of hundreds of essential and life-saving medicines have increased greatly in Pakistan, making them unaffordable to residents with low and middle incomes.