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Global Health Partnership Announces First-, Second-Line AIDS Drugs Price Reductions in Developing World

May 18, 2011

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNITAID, and the U.K.'s Department for International Development (DFID) "said on Tuesday [they] had secured price reductions on key AIDS drugs for HIV-positive patients in poorer countries," Reuters reports. "The price of a first line regimen based on the drug tenofovir would now be less than $159 per patient per year, the partnership said -- a reduction of 60 percent from the average price paid in 2008. And a World Health Organization-recommended second-line regimen -- needed when patients develop resistance to initial treatment -- is now available at less than $410 per year, down sharply from 2008 when poorer countries paid between $800 and $1,200 per patient a year for second-line treatment," the news service reports (Kelland, 4/17).

According to a joint press release, "[t]hese price reductions were made possible through complementary efforts to build demand for new products, which stimulated market competition and led to volume-based discounts, while partnering with suppliers to achieve cost reductions through more efficient manufacturing processes and sourcing of raw materials" (5/17).

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This information was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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