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Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi has criticized the government's decision to link the prices of medication sold locally to those abroad, saying it marks the first indication of the new power’s social bias.
Sabbahi tweeted on Saturday, "The repricing of medication at a time when the poor do not find money to be treated, is the first indication of the social bias of the new power. Egypt's policies need to have more bias to the poor."
The Health Ministry's decision last week to tie medication pricing to international prices sparked a feud between the doctors and pharmacists syndicates.
Egypt has a system, set in a 1991 decree, in which medication prices are based on the cost of production, regardless of prices abroad.
Abdul Fatah Rizk, general secretary of the doctors’ syndicate, said the syndicate completely rejects the new decision. He called it a strategic commodity and national security issue