The first wave of U.S. sanctions against Iran was looming when doctors gave Aram Rawanshad the bad news.
It was early June when she learned she was suffering from endometriosis, a painful disease that occurs when tissue grows outside the uterus. It was too late for surgery, and doctors warned her to act fast before the disease spread.
Rawanshad, a 42-year-old writer from Karaj, Iran, was given a prescription and urged to stock up before supplies ran out.
“I told the pharmacist that if I buy more than one month’s supply, other patients would be deprived,” she said.
Though it was a kind gesture, it came at a cost. The following month, when she returned to the pharmacy, the medicine was sold out.
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