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A new study analyzed the effects of buying four basic prescription drugs in “low- and middle-income countries,” and the results aren’t pretty. “Buying brand name amoxicillin, for example, would push an additional 34 percent of Uganda’s population into poverty levels of less than $1.25 a day,” reports FP Passport. “Even middle-income Indonesia would see an additional 39 percent of its population become poor from purchasing the drugs.” The study’s authors conclude that “[a]ction is needed to improve medicine affordability, such as promoting the use of quality assured, low-priced generics, and establishing health insurance systems.” [%comments]