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AIDS drugs on street corners
Thursday 2 September 2004
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MALAWI: AIDS drugs on street corners

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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
Empowerment of girls key to tackling HIV,  24/Jun/04
Demand for ARVs gives rise to grey market,  20/Aug/03
Mapping out a treatment programme,  15/Jul/03
Property grabbing escalates in wake of AIDS deaths,  29/Nov/02
HIV/AIDS project reaches out to prisoners,  13/Nov/02
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

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