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AFRICA: MSF urges UN and G8 AIDS drug action

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JOHANNESBURG, 30 June (PLUSNEWS) - The international medical NGO, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), is urging G8 nations and the UN to push for speedy delivery of the cheapest and latest anti-AIDS drugs to developing countries.

MSF stressed that this was vital to head off a looming supply and cost crisis, because "access to newer drugs is increasingly critical, as the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS currently on treatment will inevitably develop resistance to first-line treatments".

In a new edition of a pricing guide released in Geneva this week, the NGO shows that while generic production has brought down the monthly cost of most first-line antiretrovirals - from over US $10,000 in 2000 to as little as $150 per patient in June 2005 - the prices of newer drugs and formulations for children are up to 12 times higher.



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