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SOUTH AFRICA: Aspen eyes African AIDS drug market


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JOHANNESBURG, 24 August (PLUSNEWS) - South African generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare says it is eyeing Africa's anti-AIDS drugs market, which has huge potential demand.

Aspen CEO Stephen Saad said only 8 percent of the approximately 4 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who needed treatment for HIV/AIDS were receiving it.

The local Business Day newspaper quoted him as saying, "Antiretroviral medicines are becoming a bigger and bigger part of our production - we could never have foreseen this growth."

Aspen has approval from the US Federal Drug Administration for some of its anti-AIDS drugs, and was recently also awarded the lion's share of the South African government's antiretroviral drug tenders.

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