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South Africa considers supplying antiretroviral drugs to AIDS patients

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7370.923/a (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:923
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The South African government has announced it is to look into the possibility of supplying antiretroviral drugs to people with HIV and AIDS. The announcement signals a major change in its policy so far and creates hope among activists and people with the disease that some relief may become available to those who cannot afford the medication.

    The government move comes at the same time as manufacturers of generic drugs have announced licensing deals with multinational pharmaceutical companies to allow them to begin making antiretrovirals locally and to supply them to the public sector. The arrangements would have been meaningless if the government was …

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