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Abbott Asked to Register, Sell Kaletra in Thailand

May 4, 2006

Thai physicians, HIV-positive people and HIV/AIDS advocates have signed a letter asking Abbott Laboratories to register and sell the new version of its second-line antiretroviral drug Kaletra in Thailand because the old version is too expensive, the Bangkok Post reports. The older version of Kaletra costs Thailand's Ministry of Public Health approximately $1,380 annually per person, while the new version would cost about $532 annually per person (Achara, Bangkok Post, 5/2). FDA in October 2005 approved the new form of Kaletra, which allows HIV-positive people to take fewer pills, does not require refrigeration and can be taken with or without food (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/12). The petition was signed by a number of Thailand's prominent health care figures and last month was sent directly to Abbott. The letter received a "lukewarm" response from the company, which said Kaletra would be sold only in the least developed countries, such as those in Africa. There are 82,000 HIV-positive people who receive antiretroviral drugs from Thailand's Ministry of Public Health, but an estimated 8,000 people need to change to newer versions, such as Kaletra, because of drug resistance, the Post reports (Bangkok Post, 5/2).

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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. © 2006 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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