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.
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.