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Zambia Introduces Rationing System for Drugs to Treat HIV

August 22, 2013

A Zambian government antiretroviral (ARV) drug rationing system has alarmed HIV-infected residents who fear treatment interruptions. Although First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata acknowledged an ARV shortage in Zambia, Dr. Kamoto Mbewe, spokesperson for the Zambian Ministry of Health, asserted that Matero and Chingwere clinics in Lusaka did have a one-month supply of Atripla, the single-dose ARV, and would receive another shipment "soon."

Mbewe urged HIV-infected people not to panic, as existing ARV supplies were sufficient to last until expected shipments arrived in August and September. Pending shipments would include 55,260 bottles of

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