Embargo on medicines

Other Names:
Refusal to supply prescription drugs
Banned trade in medicaments
Economic sanctions in medicines

The USA has maintained an embargo on selling medicines to Cuba since 1964, as part of a general Cuban embargo since 1960. Health care in Cuba suffers badly due to a deficit in medicine, as well as other problems.


The American government claimed in 1997 that Cuba does not spend enough money on medicine, and that the US is the largest donor of medicines to Cuba, neglecting to add that these are private donations not governmental ones.

Counter Claim:

In 2001, the US government said it would not seek sanctions against poor countries ravaged by the AIDS epidemic, even if American patent laws relating to drug supplies are broken, so long as the country abides by World Trade Organization treaties.

Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Date of last update
28.11.2017 – 17:26 CET