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.


American governments have never willingly tolerated a Communist government close to its shores, and an embargo was imposed as part of the Cold War, because the American government claimed that Cuba represented a threat to its security.

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