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Research Article

Quantifying the Impoverishing Effects of Purchasing Medicines: A Cross-Country Comparison of the Affordability of Medicines in the Developing World

  • Laurens M. Niëns mail,

    niens@bmg.eur.nl

    Affiliation: Institute for Medical Technology Assessment and Institute for Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Alexandra Cameron,

    Affiliation: Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Ellen Van de Poel,

    Affiliation: Institute for Medical Technology Assessment and Institute for Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Margaret Ewen,

    Affiliation: Health Action International Global, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Werner B. F. Brouwer,

    Affiliation: Institute for Medical Technology Assessment and Institute for Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Richard Laing

    Affiliation: Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Published: August 31, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000333

About the Authors

Laurens M. Niëns, Ellen Van de Poel, Werner B. F. Brouwer
Institute for Medical Technology Assessment and Institute for Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Alexandra Cameron, Richard Laing
Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Margaret Ewen
Health Action International Global, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Email: niens@bmg.eur.nl

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: LMN AC EvdP ME WBFB RL. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: LMN AC EvdP ME WBFB RL. Designed the experiments/the study: LMN AC WBFB RL. Analyzed the data: LMN AC ME. Collected data/did experiments for the study: LMN. Wrote the first draft of the paper: LMN. Contributed to the writing of the paper: LMN AC EvdP ME WBFB RL.