Pharmaceutical companies, WHO help India in HIV/AIDS drug crisis

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(Reuters) – Indian companies and global health groups are stepping up efforts to provide a critical medicine for the country’s free HIV/AIDS drugs program after more than 150,000 patients risked going without their dosages this month.

Delayed tender approvals and poor co-ordination with states left the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) scrambling for supplies. Reuters reported on Oct. 1 that the supplies were due to run out next week.

India produces a large part of the world’s HIV/AIDS medicines so the shortage has been awkward for the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has promised to cut red tape.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, pharmaceutical industry