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Alabama-Based Manufacturer to Produce Condoms for USAID
USAID has tapped Slocomb, Ala.-based Alatech Healthcare Products to produce 750 million condoms for use in international AIDS prevention programs, the Associated Press reports (Associated Press, 10/2). USAID was previously undecided over whether to grant the condom contract to Alatech, Eufaula, Ala.-based LMR International or one of several Asian manufacturers. Because the Asian manufacturers might have charged USAID much less for the condoms, the agency would have gotten "the most condoms for the money" if it had given the contract to an overseas producer. The contract became the "epicenter of a thorny debate" over possibly saving more lives by increasing the number of condoms being sent to developing nations to prevent HIV transmission versus "preserving" American jobs (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/14). Alatech CEO Lawrence Povlacs said that USAID will pay Alatech $12.4 million to produce the condoms by Dec. 31, 2004 (Associated Press, 10/2).
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