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AIDS drugs on street corners
Tuesday 16 November 2004
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MALAWI: AIDS drugs on street corners

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 30 June (PLUSNEWS) - Malawi's government has issued a warning to vendors involved in the illegal sale of HIV/AIDS drugs, the Malawi Standard newspaper reported on Friday.

Despite calls for their arrest, the informal businesses have maintained that these were the benefits of a liberal economy.

However, the Registrar of the Pharmacies, Medicines and Poisons Board, Patrick Tembo, said "Liberalisation doesn't mean trading in pharmaceutical drugs. It is illegal. Only registered institutions like hospitals and pharmacies are allowed to sell pharmaceutical drugs."

Tembo warned that buying the poorly manufactured antiretrovirals only encouraged drug resistance in people living with HIV/AIDS.


Recent MALAWI Reports
Project encourages female condom use,  2/Nov/04
UN Special Envoy hails rollout efforts,  1/Nov/04
Girls clubs spearhead gender equality,  29/Oct/04
"Capacity shortfall" could derail ARV rollout,  14/Oct/04
Empowerment of girls key to tackling HIV,  24/Jun/04
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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