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AIDS activists import cheap drugs into South Africa

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7268.1042/d (Published 28 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1042
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    An HIV/AIDS activist group, the Treatment Action Campaign, has illegally imported into South Africa quantities of the generic equivalent of Diflucan (fluconazole), the drug manufactured by Pfizer that is used to treat opportunistic AIDS infections. Organisers have been charged by police with importing an unregistered drug.

    The drug is particularly expensive in South Africa's private sector, and, although substantially less expensive in the public sector, it is nevertheless out of reach of the hundreds of thousands who need it. The drug is used to treat cryptococcal meningitis and oesophageal candiditis.

    Pfizer has offered the South African government supplies of …

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