Sanctions make access to foreign stem cell bank difficult

Tehran, Dec 2, IRNA – Sanctions have made finding stem cells more expensive and difficult for the patients who need human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tests, head of Iran genetic linkage and special diseases said.

Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday, Mehdi Shadnoush said the cell bank exists inside the country for donating cells to those who are in need, but if the demanded stem cells did not exist it should be supplied from outside the country.

This includes blood disorders which require finding suitable stem cell, he added.

Patients with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) disorders need stem cells, Shadnoush noted.

Earlier, Alireza Marandi, President of Iran Academy of Medical Sciences in a letter warned against the illegality of the US sanctions on food and drugs.

In his letter to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, Marandi described as unjust sanctioning access to food and drug for those who are in urgent need.

After Washington's May 8 exit from the historic Iran Deal, the US gave 90- and 180-day wind-down periods to other countries before it starts re-imposing oil sanctions on Tehran on November 4.

Part of the US' illegitimate sanctions were imposed on Iran on August 9.

On November 5, Trump reinstated the US nuclear sanctions on Iran and imposed, as he claimed, “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is while other signatories of Iran Deal condemned the US' measure to withdraw from the JCPOA.

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