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Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker called the Social Medwork, which bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club, Reuters explains. Based in Amsterdam, the club allows customers to place orders online legally, as long as they have a prescription and a doctor’s letter stating the drug is strictly for personal use. In the past 18 months, the group, which is registered with the Dutch Ministry of Health as a medicines intermediary, has supplied more than 3,000 patients.

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