Bush Administration Ready to Use Generic Antiretroviral Drugs to Fight AIDS in Africa
July 16, 2003
The United States plans to purchase low-cost generic antiretroviral drugs as part of President Bush's global AIDS initiative, U.S. officials said at a press conference during the International AIDS Society's 2nd Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, Reuters reports (Hirschler, Reuters, 7/15). Bush in May signed into a law a five-year, $15 billion AIDS initiative (HR 1298), which aims to prevent seven million new HIV infections, provide care for 10 million people living with the disease and provide treatment to two million HIV-positive people. The House so far has approved a little more than $2 billion for international AIDS efforts for fiscal year 2004. The Senate on Thursday approved 78-18 a nonbinding resolution calling for $3 billion in FY 2004 to fight AIDS overseas, even if the amount exceeds the ceiling mandated in Congress' annual budget resolution (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/15). During his recent tour of five African nations, Bush said that the United States supports allowing developing countries to produce generic versions of antiretroviral drugs, but he did not change the country's position on a 2001 World Trade Organization proposal on the issue. WTO talks over generic drug access have been stalled since members missed a Dec. 31, 2002, deadline to reach an agreement. U.S. negotiators in February refused to sign a deal under the Doha declaration to allow developing nations to override patent protections to produce or import generic versions of drugs to combat public health epidemics, including HIV/AIDS, unless wording was included to specify which diseases constitute a public health epidemic. However, the United States last month made a concession by dropping its demand that the agreement apply only to a specified list of diseases (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/10).
Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2003 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.
House Committee Approves $1.43B in Global AIDS Funding for FY 2004; Rejects Amendment to Add Additional $1B
Mandela Calls on European Union to Match U.S. Contribution to HIV/AIDS Fight; European Commission Says No New Funds
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.