Zambia To Provide Once Daily Antiretrovirals At Health Clinics

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Zambia recently launched a program to provide HIV-positive people withaccess to once daily antiretroviral drugs at health clinics in thecountry, Xinhua News Agency reports. James Simpungwe, director of clinical services and diagnostics for the Ministry of Health, said the program has been running for more than one month.


According to Xinhua News Agency, the program was announced in May as part of an agreement with the Clinton Foundation to reduce the price of generic antiretrovirals to less than $1. Under the plan, Cipla and Matrix Laboratoriesreduced the price of their antiretrovirals to $339 per patient annually-- about 45% less than the price in most low-income countries.

TheClinton Foundation also will work to increase access to second-lineantiretrovirals, Xinhua News Agency reports. About500,000 people in the country are expected to need access tosecond-line antiretrovirals by 2010. According to the health ministry,less than 5% of the more than 90,000 people in the country takingantiretrovirals are in need of second-line drugs (Xinhua News Agency, 9/9).

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