South Africa Announces Rollout of New Single-Dose ARV Therapy
April 10, 2013
"South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday the launch of a new single-dose combination antiretroviral [ARV] drug that will cost just 89 rand a month ($10) per patient, potentially revolutionizing AIDS treatment in the country," Salon reports (McDonough, 4/9). "The new pill will be introduced this month to positive pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, people co-infected with [tuberculosis (TB)], and to new ARV patients," Agence France-Presse writes, adding, "Patients already on treatment will be assessed by doctors to start switching later this year" (4/9). "Motsoaledi said the department had revised the guidelines for prevention of mother-to-child transmission, pediatric and adult treatment due to changes in the treatment regime for [fixed-dose combination (FDC)] ARVs," aView Full Article
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