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Campaigners win ruling that antiretroviral drugs order be enforced

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.634/b (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:634
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The Pretoria High Court has ordered South Africa's health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, and seven of nine provincial health authorities to provide antiretroviral drugs for HIV positive pregnant women to reduce transmission of the virus to their babies.

    The court action was brought by the AIDS activist group Treatment Action Campaign and hundreds of doctors and nurses employed in public hospitals, to force the government to widen the availability of the drug nevirapine, which was previously restricted to clinical trials.

    Although the court gave its ruling in the case at the end of last year, the doctors and the campaign were forced to return to the court to ask for …

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