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Chagas disease is a neglected tropical disease endemic in Latin America. The first-line treatment option is benznidazole, but stocks are expected to run out in the coming months. Spain would need around 5 million benznidazole tablets. This drug shortage could make Chagas disease a neglected tropical disease also in developed countries.

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Miriam Navarro, Francesca F Norman, José Antonio Pérez-Molina, Rogelio López-Vélez. Benznidazole shortage makes chagas disease a neglected tropical disease in developed countries: data from Spain. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 2012 Sep;87(3):489-90

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