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Drug firm is to supply AIDS drug free in South Africa

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7311.472/c (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:472
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    As the legal campaign against the South African government's decision not to provide antiretroviral drugs grows apace, it has emerged that the manufacturer of one of the drugs is about to supply the drug free of charge.

    More than 200 doctors and several nurses have joined the Treatment Action Campaign to sue South Africa's health minister and her provincial colleagues to force them to supply an effective and inexpensive antiretroviral drug to pregnant women with HIV infection to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their babies. …

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