About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

India Reaffirms Commitment to Producing Affordable and Quality AIDS Medication

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on June 11, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Font : A-A+

India Reaffirms Commitment to Producing Affordable and Quality AIDS Medication

India is the largest producer of generic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drugs and has made them more affordable. The UN and other organizations estimate that more than 80% of the medicines, known as anti-retroviral therapy (ART), in Africa come from India. India has been facing intense Western pressure to stop making generic AIDS drugs. The European Union (EU) and the US have been demanding that India curtail manufacture of generic ART medications. However, the Indian health authorities have reaffirmed its determination to continue providing affordable medicines to everyone with HIV.

Deputy Permanent Representative Bhagwant S. Bishnoi told a UN General Assembly session on Monday, June 8, 2015, on the future of AIDS response, "India is committed to using all flexibilities allowed under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement of the World Trade Organization to ensure the availability of affordable and quality medicine to all people living with HIV. TRIPS flexibilities, which allow nations to grant exemptions from patent regulations for manufacturing vital medications, are critical for the provision of public health to millions across the developing world."

Advertisement

Bishnoi regretted that they are being questioned in some quarters. He added, "It would be most callous if we were to allow narrow considerations of commerce to deny the most basic and the most fundamental human right, the right to life."

In the stalled negotiations between the EU and India, Brussels has been demanding stringent restrictions on the production of generics. India's contribution to making available life-saving AIDS medications affordable has been hailed by UN bodies and international organizations like Doctors Without Borders, who have rallied support for India continuing to make generic drugs. Doctors Without Borders has estimated that the availability of generic medications have brought down the cost of annual treatment from $10,000 to under $80.
Advertisement

In a report, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon underscored the role of pharmaceuticals in saving people's lives, "Since 1995, ART has averted 7.6 million deaths globally. The number of people living with HIV who are now accessing life-saving ART has increased significantly. A total of 13.6 million people were receiving such therapy globally at the end of June 2014, setting the world on track for meeting the target of 15 million by the end of 2015. HIV infections and deaths have been declining significantly. Between 2001 and 2013, new HIV infections came down by 38% and between 2005 and 2013, AIDS-related deaths declined by 35%."

In response to this, Bishnoi said, "While this is a matter of some satisfaction, we also need to reach the remaining 22 million people infected with HIV. The challenge before us is not of unavailability of medical treatment, but of accessibility arising from its high cost in many developing countries."

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Can Adjusting Fatty Acid Intake Improve Mood in Bipolar Disorder Patients?
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
Emotional Healing
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Oral Health And AIDS AIDS/HIV AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features AIDS/HIV - Health Education AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission AIDS / HIV - Treatment AIDS/HIV- Lab Tests and Faqs AIDS - Initial Theories and Disease Progression AIDS/HIV - Worldwide distribution and Risk of Transmission 

Recommended Reading
Reduced Toxicity of New HIV Drugs may Help Improve Life Expectancy
A new study has found that bringing new drugs to deal with HIV in younger individuals is required, ....
UN Sees Drastic Rise in Patients on HIV Drugs
Anti-HIV drugs reached 1.2 million more people last year, the UN announced Monday at the world AIDS ...
Philippine Department of Health to Purchase Over $4 Million Worth of HIV Drugs
In February 2015, 646 new cases were reported in the Philippines, the biggest number reported in a ....
Study Says Africans on HIV Drugs can Expect Normal Lifespan
A new study has said that patients taking HIV drugs in Africa can expect to have a near-normal ......
AIDS - Initial Theories and Disease Progression
AIDS was first detected in early 1980s, among gays, Haitians and black Africans. HIV is a descendant...
AIDS / HIV - Treatment
Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about the treatment for AIDS/HIV...
AIDS/HIV
"AIDS is an epidemic disease, a potentially preventable, deadly infection for which there is no cure...
AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features
Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general info about HIV Clinical Features...
AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology
AIDS or HIV is an epidemic disease, a potentially deadly infection that can be prevented with preca...
AIDS/HIV - Health Education
Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general info about AIDS information and health education....
AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission
Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about the prevention for AIDS/HIV...
AIDS/HIV - Worldwide distribution and Risk of Transmission
Epidemiologic studies indicate three broad yet distinct geographic patterns of transmission...
Oral Health And AIDS
AIDS has taken on massive proportions in modern times. It is estimated that over 15 million people a...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use