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Abbott's Kaletra(R) and Aluvia(R) (lopinavir/ritonavir) New Lower-Strength Tablet for Pediatric Use Receives Positive Opinion from EMEA
Date:1/28/2008

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Abbott's lopinavir/ritonavir formulations are among the lowest-priced protease inhibitors in the developing world. Abbott has been providing its HIV medicines at a price of $500 per adult patient per year in all African and least developed countries (LDCs) since 2002, making these medicines more affordable than any generic copies.

Abbott and Abbott Fund have invested more than $100 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa and the developing world. Abbott Fund-supported programs have served more than 600,000 children and families. In addition, more than 250,000 patients have been tested through Abbott Fund supported voluntary counseling and testing programs, with thousands being referred to treatment programs.

Abbott and Abbott Fund have also announced several efforts to expand access to treatment and care for children living with HIV/AIDS, including an additional investment of $12 million in grants and product donations this year.

Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott, the global health care company, in 1951. The Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investing in creative ideas that promote science, expand health care and strengthen communities worldwide.

Background on HIV in Children

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in 2006, an estimated 2.3 million children under the age of 15 were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide; a vast majority -- 2 million children with HIV/AIDS -- was living in Africa. Last year alone, an estimated 530,000 children were infected with HIV, and 380,000 children died of AIDS.

Based on 2004 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data for 33 states, an estimated 3,336 children under the age of 13 were living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. While the number of pediatric AIDS cases has decreased overall in the U.S., the risk among African-American and Hispanic infants and children is o
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