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    hydroxyurea is the unique medication that has been proven to prevent complications in patients with sickle cell disease and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This medication requires a prescription to be dispensed, it must be available and at an affordable price. The purpose of this study was to determine the availability and market price of hydroxyurea in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to make a comparison between these two aspects in a small city, such as Mbujimayi, and in a big city, such as Lubumbashi. we conducted a cross-sectional study in the context of a face-to-face survey involving 188 Congolese pharmacies from 1st April to 1st September 2017. hydroxyurea was available at 41/188 (22%) participating pharmacies, but more frequently at those of a big city than at those of a small city (34/96 versus 7/92). Most patients got a prescription (36/41; 88%). The average price of hydroxyurea was $15 (from $10 to $35 a blister packs of 25 capsules), which was higher than the purchasing power of the majority of sickle cell patients. Hydroxyurea is still an imported product from Europe, the United States or Asia. hydroxyurea is one of the main treatments to slow down disease progression in sickle cell patients. Nevertheless, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, its availability could be improved, in particular in small cities, and its price is still too high. Copyright: Benoît Mbiya Mukinayi et al.


    Benoît Mbiya Mukinayi, Guelord Kalombo Cibeyibeyi, Ghislain Disashi Tumba, Béatrice Gulbis. Sickle cell disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: what are the barriers to treatment using hydroxyurea? The Pan African medical journal. 2021;38:41

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