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Brazil to purchase AIDS drugs from Indian lab

Brazil to purchase AIDS drugs from Indian lab
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First Published: Mon, May 07 2007. 03 00 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 07 2007. 03 00 PM IST
By PTI
Brasilia: In order to provide AIDS drugs to maximum patients, the Brazil government has decided to purchase the cheaper drugs from an Indian lab.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva inked a decree to freely distribute medicines to AIDS patients. The measure was adopted on 4 May after long and unfruitful governmental negotiations with the US Merck Sharp and Dohme lab, producer of Efavirenz, a substitute for AZT.
The US lab sold Brazil that medicine valued at $1.50 and the country decided to purchase it from India, where a lab sells it for $0.44. According to reports, the Merck lab supplied Efavirenz to Brazil at 136% than what the same lab distributes to Thailand.
The decision was explained by Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao, as part of a policy to provide the medicine to 75,000 AIDS patients in Brazil.
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First Published: Mon, May 07 2007. 03 00 PM IST
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