Thursday, July 22, 2010

Simpler delivery needed to improve HIV drugs

This week, Former US President Bill Clinton addressed a crowd in Vienna on the current state of HIV programs. One of his main focuses was the way HIV drugs are delivered to those in need:

Simpler drug delivery systems - Speaking at the International AIDS Conference earlier this week, Bernhard Schwartlander, UNAIDS director for evidence, strategy and results, noted that between two-thirds and 80 percent of money spent on HIV is not drug-related - it is related to service delivery, patient monitoring, and laboratory costs.

More efficient drug procurement and supply chains would go a long way towards making programmes more cost-effective and efficient. In Uganda, for instance, supply chain woes have left people without drugs, in some instances because ARVs were allowed to expire before being dispensed.

Read the full article here.

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