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    New list of safe AIDS drugs, despite industry lobby.

    McNeil DG Jr

    New York Times on the Web. 2002 Mar 21; [3] p..

    In a move that could help bring down the price of AIDS medicines for poor countries, the WHO released its first list of manufacturers of safe AIDS drugs. The list includes 41 different formulations of drugs, among are 11 antiretroviral drugs and five for infections that often accompany AIDS. Of the total, 26 come from major manufacturers: GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Roche Holding, and Abbott Laboratories. However, 10 were from Cipla Limited, the generic drug maker based in Bombay, India, that was the first to try breaking Western patent monopolies by offering AIDS therapy for $350 a year to charities and African governments. Cipla products accepted by WHO include the antiretrovirals nevirapine, zidovudine, and lamivudine. It is said that the list will encourage price competition in poor nations by telling health officials which of the hundreds of generic suppliers make safe drugs. Up to 100 more applications from manufacturers are awaiting approval from the WHO and UN.
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