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Brazil decreased spending on antiretroviral drugs at $ 95 million

A new report released by UNAIDS highlights the country's successful initiative to reduce drug costs

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Brazil is mentioned prominently in a new report from the UN Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) for the initiative to reduce the costs of antiretroviral therapy.

According to the document "Together We'll End AIDS", after the compulsory licensing of efavirenz in production, the country could save $ 95 million between 2007 and 2011.

Under the program, Brazil is already able to finance all its HIV response program based on domestic resources. In Brasilia, the country director of UNAIDS, Pedro Chequer, remember that there was a decrease in the value of antiretroviral drugs.

"Regarding Brazil, the price of medicines is another important aspect. We had a drop in the price of medicines, but there is a need to make more use of flexibilities in the Doha agreement and make that countries can produce generics locally, independent of existence of patents. Brazil is producing efavirenz, which is part of the cast drug that Brazil donates to countries like Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau and some Latin American countries. "

<b> Pioneer </ b>

Pedro Chequer stressed that Brazil was the first developing country to adopt a policy of universal access to AIDS treatment. Latin America is the region with the highest coverage of antiretroviral therapy: 70%, and the number of HIV-related deaths fell to 57,000 last year.

According to UNAIDS, more than 34 million people worldwide have HIV. New infections dropped 20% in the last 10 years.

Children and Youth

Although the number of patients with access to treatment to be a record, only 54% of those who are eligible to take medicine, the report said.

The document also indicates progress in reducing new infections among children. Among young people with the AIDS virus, 75% are in sub-Saharan Africa.

The report is being released on the eve of the International AIDS Conference, which begins Sunday in Washington. The meeting will be held for the first time in the United States in more than 20 years.

Source: ONU
   Palavras-chave:   AIDS    HIV    UN Programme on HIV / AIDS    UNAIDS    Report    Pedro Chequer   
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