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AIDS drug scandal in South Africa continues

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7134.797f (Published 14 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:797
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The controversy surrounding attempts by a South African research team to market a cheap but untested drug against HIV infection has taken yet another twist and now involves the country's deputy president, Thabo Mbeki, as well as its health minister, Dr Nkosazana Zuma.

    Both politicians have taken a high profile stance in favour of getting the drug—which has been condemned by South Africa's drug regulatory authorities—on to the market as quickly as possible. Now they have been accused by opposition parties of trying to acquire a stake in the company that owns the patent of the drug known as Virodene.

    In 1997 press reports were published about a miracle cheap cure which …

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