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Caretaker Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani Friday hit back at criticism of drug prices in Lebanon, saying they were generally in line with or lower than international and regional prices. Hasbani's comments, made during a Health Ministry news conference, were seemingly made in response to criticism from caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, as well as a report published in local daily Al-Akhbar Friday that alleged that drug prices in Lebanon were as much as seven times of those in Europe.These included cancer medication Taxotere, which it said was 170 percent the price. Another drug, Lipitor, used to treat high cholesterol levels, was stated to be 763 percent of the price, while Atacand, a drug used mainly for hypertension, was said to be 409 percent of the price.
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