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Tanzania to produce generic ARVs by 2012

Discussion in 'Major Projects in Tanzania' started by nngu007, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Some of the anti-retroviral drugs available in the market. Photo/FILE By ADAM IHUCHA, Special Correspondent

    Posted Sunday, December 4 2011 at 10:57

    TANZANIA HAS completed a multi million-dollar plant for manufacturing generic antiretroviral drugs, giving hope for cheaper medicine to nearly four million HIV patients in East Africa.

    Fears loom over the expected EU-India Free Trade Agreement that could seriously jeopardise access to affordable generic ARVs from India. However, the new plant will produce a minimum of 100 million tablets a year serving 100,000 patients. The $8.4 million factory in Arusha will start commercial production of the drugs in January 2012.

    The Tanzania Pharmaceutical Industries plant has been established under the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, which allows least developed countries to produce essential drugs without introducing pharmaceutical product patents until 2016.

    The ARV plant is funded by Tanzania Pharmaceutical Industries, the European Commission and Action Medeor, a German medical Aid Organisation.

    Once commercial production starts in January next year, the generic drug will cost people living with HIV/Aids $10 less for their monthly dosage. Currently, imported generic ARVs cost nearly $30, whereas the local generic ARVs will cost $20 for a monthly dosage of two tablets per day.

    Some provisions of the EU-India FTA under negotiation, seek to impose higher standards of intellectual property protection that would limit, and in some cases completely bar India from producing generic ARVs and other essential medicines.

    Available records show that 92 per cent of people living with HIV on treatment in low and middle-income countries currently use generic ARVs, mostly manufactured in India.

    For example, Medicines Sans Frontieres buys 80 per cent of its Aids medicines from Indian companies.

    Some 90 per cent of Aids drugs provided to 13 countries by Pepfar-the US President's global Aids programme-are generics, the overwhelming majority of them also produced in India.

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    Kalunguine JF-Expert Member

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    Good news to all of us.
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    Petu Hapa JF-Expert Member

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    This is a timely development, specifically, with major challenges facing HIV positive individuals - specifically with issues of access, food and transport. Now, question of access will be addressed somewhat, and of course my longest fear has been - the continutity of ARV. So this is good news! Somewhat goverment is having a backup plan for its citizens
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    Gama JF-Expert Member

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    Januari imeshapita na kiwanda hakijaanzishwa, ukweli ni kuwa financing ya kuanzisha uzalishaji wa ARV ilikuwa part ya mpango wa muda mrefu wa mashirika makubwa ya afya duniani. Nchi nyingi kama botswana wameashaanza kuzalisha, TZ ili mis-use funds zilizoletwa kwa ajiri ya mpango huu. Na ikumbukwe kuwa HIV AIDS imeondolewa kwenye orodha ya magonjwa muhimu hivyo nchi hazitapata international support, so TZ itarajie disister kwa ugonjwa wa ukimwi kwani vifo vitakuwa vingi, maambiukizi yataongezeka bcos maambukizi hupungua kwa watumiaji wa ARV.