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AFRICA: Anti-AIDS drug price-cut announced

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JOHANNESBURG, 2 September (PLUSNEWS) - Developing countries will be paying less for two anti-AIDS drugs produced by multinational pharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences.
In a statement Gilead said it had dropped the cost of Viread by 31 percent and that of Truvada by 12 percent. Both medications are already sold at no-profit prices in 97 developing countries around the world.

According to the company, the no-profit price of a 30-day supply of Viread was now US $17, while a one-month supply of Truvada cost $26.25.

However, Gilead stressed that only countries enrolled in the company's antiretroviral access programme would benefit from the price-cut.



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