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WHO pulls three more AIDS drugs from list

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:368
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    In a major blow to efforts to get lifesaving AIDS treatment to millions of people in the world's poorest countries, the World Health Organization has withdrawn three more generic drugs from its original list of seven approved AIDS medicines.

    The move came after laboratory tests failed to prove these three drugs have the same chemical make up (or bioequivalence), as their patented equivalents. Two other generic AIDS drugs were removed from the list in June for the same reason.

    The lack of bioequivalence means that these generic copies may not be as effective as the original patented equivalents.

    WHO requires proof of bioequivalence for products that …

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