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Promoter of vitamins for AIDS calls off lawsuits

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7540.507-c (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:507
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The controversial vitamin manufacturer Mathias Rath has dropped legal action against respected scientist Hoosen Coovadia; several journalists in South Africa; and Eric Goemaere, the local head of humanitarian non-governmental organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. Mr Rath has been accused of trying to persuade people with HIV/AIDS to use his vitamins rather than anti-retroviral treatment.

    But Mr Rath has not dropped his legal action against former cabinet minister Kadar Asmal, a respected academic in exile in Ireland and a leading light in South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress. Dr Rath's legal action was based on his view that the accusations made …

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