HIV/AIDS

Updated 20 March 2013

New ARV pill shortage imminent

Concern is mounting that the government has not ordered enough of a new single-fixed dose anti-retroviral pill due to be rolled out soon.

Eyewitness News reports that concern is mounting that the government has not ordered enough of a new single-fixed dose anti-retroviral pill due to be rolled out soon.

The new fixed-dosed pill, to be rolled out in the next two weeks, combines three drugs into one.

This will mean HIV+ patients only have to take one pill and not nine separate drugs. Initially it will be rolled out to all HIV+ pregnant women and other priority cases in a programme costing almost R6 million.

However. Francesca Conradie of South Africa’s HIV Clinicians Society says there is very good reason for concern. According to her not enough of the drug has been ordered yet  and there are already shortages of the current drugs available in both the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

She adds that the lack of an effective computerised system untrained staff are making the situation worse.


Source: Eyewitness News
 

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