Mexico’s president sympathetic to drug access concerns

According to this article from Medical News Today,

A diverse group of representatives from over 50 Mexican non-governmental agencies committed to improving the affordability of, and access to AIDS drugs in Mexico met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City earlier today to discuss the steep price and limited availability of lifesaving AIDS drug treatments in Mexico. During the meeting-which took place six days before Mexico City hosts 22,000 people from around the world for the IVII International AIDS Conference-President Calderon committed to making AIDS drug pricing a priority for the National Government and to seeking ways to overcome barriers to access to care and treatment in Mexico.

Many of the AIDS advocates were encouraged by President Calderon’s presence and his remarks. During the course of the meeting, he listened thoughtfully to representatives from each of the NGOs gathered.

Let’s hope some positive action fromes out of this.  Mexican HIV/AIDS advocates have been working on getting cheaper access to ARVs for some time, as discussed in a previous post.

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~ by h.e.g. on July 31, 2008.

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