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AIDS campaigners to take South Africa's health ministry to court

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 11 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:301
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    About 100 paediatricians in the Treatment Action Campaign, which campaigns for access to treatment for HIV and AIDS, are to take legal action against the South African health ministry over its continuing refusal to supply antiretroviral drugs for the prevention of transmission of the virus from HIV positive pregnant mothers to their babies.

    The government announced last year that it would set up limited sites to test the effects of nevirapine, an antiretroviral drug registered for use in adult and paediatric HIV infection but not then registered in South Africa for use in prevention of transmission from mother to child.

    However, previous trials, including one in Uganda, have found nevirapine …

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