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Thailand to Assist Zimbabwe in Production of Generic AIDS Drugs
Zimbabwe, a country where at least 2,000 people die of
AIDS-related illnesses each week, will soon begin to manufacture 300 generic drugs, including AIDS drugs, Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister David Parirenyatwa announced on Tuesday, Xinhua News Agency reports. The generic drugs
-- which will include rifampin, an "essential" tuberculosis medication, and ketoconazole, a treatment for fungal infections in the lungs and esophagus -- will be made with the free technological help of
Thailand and its Zimbabwe-based drug companies. Few AIDS drugs are affordable to most Africans, according to UNAIDS; however, the generic drugs would cut the prices of those drugs tenfold. "Zimbabwe is one of the countries severely struck by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and if it means manufacturing drugs to control this scourge then we will do it," Parirenyatwa said. Thailand has indicated that, if the attempt in Zimbabwe is successful, the country also would offer its help to
Ghana (Xinhua News Agency, 1/29).
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