Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

The road to ensuring access to affordable, effective HIV meds for 15 million in poor countries

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Just as we have reached the point where universal access is no longer an unattainable dream, there are market forces afoot that could make access to effective, affordable antiretroviral therapy (ART) more challenging than it has been for a number of years, said Chairman of the UNITAID Executive Board Phillippe Douste-Blazy at the opening of a United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting side event in New York City Thursday afternoon.

Pharmaceutical companies are seeking more patents than ever before, including in places like India where the majority of generic HIV drugs are manufactured, Douste-Blazy said. There is also a concern that some companies are withdrawing from the market—at least the market relevant to developing countries…