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Thailand’s Decision to Manufacture Generic AIDS Drug Wins Acclaim

by Medindia Content Team on  December 1, 2006 at 7:19 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Thailand’s Decision to Manufacture Generic AIDS Drug Wins Acclaim
In the wake of escalating costs of second-line HIV-AIDS drugs, Thailand has allowed, for the first time, the manufacture of the cost effective version of the drug 'Efavirenz', which has been a boon to many sufferers.
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Merck & Co Inc, the patent holder of the drug has opposed the decision of the government to issue a five year license, allowing the manufacture and import of the drug, also termed, Stocrin. But this move has been seconded by AIDS activists and health experts.

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"This is both a brave and a progressive step by the Royal Thai Government to place the interests of people living with HIV in Thailand front and centre," UNAIDS country coordinator Patrick Brenny said



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