WHO official warns of crisis in supply of low cost AIDS drugsBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7525.1104-b (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1104
- John Zarocostas
By 2010, poor developing countries will continue to suffer from a shortfall in supplies of low cost antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for patients with HIV/AIDS unless rational measures are taken quickly, a top World Health Organization official has warned.
“We're going to reach a crisis in terms of supply very very soon … of [antiretrovirals] throughout the developing world because the scale-up is happening very very quickly,” Dr Jim Yong Kim, WHO's outgoing director for HIV/AIDS, told the BMJ.
The issue now for the public health world, he said, in the aftermath of the recent summit of the G8 (the world's most industrialised countries) in Scotland, was that a potential eight to 10 million people will need treatment. In July, the leaders …