NN: Good news on treatment access

President Calderon Lifts Regulation Requiring AIDS Drug Firms To Have Manufacturing Plants In Mexico In Order To Sell Generic Meds, Medical News Today (Aug. 5)
“President Felipe Calderon announced his plans to lift a Mexican Ministry of Economy requirement that pharmaceutical companies operating in Mexico must have a manufacturing plant in that country in order to use or sell generic versions of their lifesaving AIDS and other drugs in Mexico.” 

Merck To Sell Discounted Antiretrovirals to Mexico, Kaiser Network (Aug. 4)
“Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said drugmaker Merck has agreed to sell two antiretroviral drugs at a reduced price in Mexico, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports.”

Merck Responds To Aids Activists’ Pleas; Reduces Price Of Stocrin By 40% In Mexico, Notes AHF, Medical News Today (Aug. 4)
(Same story as above, but with more detail and commentary.) ” ‘The efforts of some very passionate AIDS activists are paying off in Mexico with Merck’s announcement of significant price cuts on two of its AIDS drugs, Stocrin and Isentress,’ said Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President. ‘Though there is still much to be done in the fight for affordable lifesaving AIDS drugs in Mexico and throughout the world-including further advocacy focusing on Merck-we commend Merck today for instituting these double digit price reductions in response to activists’ pleas for lower prices as a means to increase access to antiretroviral treatment throughout Mexico. ”

Gilead Sciences And Merck & Co., Inc. Agree To Register And Distribute HIV Medication In Twelve Countries, Medical News Today (Aug. 4)
Two major drug companies have reached an agreement to make “the first once-daily single tablet regimen for HIV” available in 12 new countries (Argentina, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay.)  Note: I believe this is a press release from the drug companies themselves, so this isn’t exactly independent reporting.  Make of that what you will.

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~ by h.e.g. on August 5, 2008.

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