Russia’s economic crunch puts pain drugs out of reach, even for the sickest

By Karoun Demirjian, July 10, 2015

NAKHABINO, Russia — For the five years that doctors have battled the cancerous tumor pressing on her son’s spine, Elena Knyazeva has faced an ever-harder struggle to help him weather the pain.Diagnosed with virulent neuroblastoma at 4 months, Artyom — now 5 — has had multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. As a Russian citizen whose family has state-mandated health insurance, he is, in theory, entitled to all the benefits of the Russian public health-care system.Read full article >>