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SOUTH AFRICA: Indian first-line ARV registered


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JOHANNESBURG, 26 April (PLUSNEWS) - Indian generic drug firm Cipla Medpro, this week announced one of its key antiretroviral (ARV) drugs had been registered in South Africa.

The drug Triomune - to be supplied through the local company, Enaleni Pharmaceuticals - was expected to help reduce the daily pill burden of HIV-positive patients from the current six or more tablets per day to only one pill in the morning and again at night.

"[This] is indeed a breakthrough and represents Cipla's commitment to making life-prolonging medicines accessible and affordable to the broader population," Trevor Edwards, CEO of Enaleni Pharmaceuticals said in a statement.

Triomune contains lamivudine, nevirapine and stavudine, which currently form part of first-line ARVs recommended by the South African Department of Health, and HIV Clinicians Society, as well as the World Health Organisation.

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