South Africa to Double HIV Patient Treatment
December 14, 2010
A newly announced agreement will bring down the cost of HIV drugs by 53 percent, thus allowing South Africa to treat twice as many patients in the next two years, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday. By encouraging potential suppliers of the country's antiretroviral program to itemize supply costs and monitor price changes, the government saved 4.7 billion rand (US $689 million), said Motsoaledi. Though the country has the largest ARV program in the world, the government had been paying much more for its ARVs than many other nations, he observed.
12.14.2010; Associated Press
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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