Navigation Links
Cipla Offers Modest AIDS Drug Price Cut: 'Not Nearly Enough,' says AHF
Date:12/13/2007

NEW DELHI, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing global campaign to lower drug prices and improve access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatments in India and worldwide, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today responded to a modest price cut recently offered in India by generic drug manufacturer, Cipla, on three of its antiretroviral drugs to fight HIV/AIDS. The cost reduction comes on the heels of an AHF-led advocacy campaign aimed at pressuring Cipla to lower its prices in India -- a campaign that revealed a price difference of 150% between what Cipla has offered African and Indian purchasers for the lifesaving antiretroviral combination Viraday.

"We applaud Cipla's recent price cut as a small step in the right direction. However, a price cut of 5% to 15% is nowhere near enough to make Cipla's lifesaving HIV/AIDS drugs affordable and accessible to all Indians in need," said Chinkholal Thangsing, M.D., Asia Pacific Bureau Chief for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and a medical provider based in New Delhi. "We urge Cipla to make the dramatic price cuts necessary to ensure that its own countrymen and women will benefit from the company's ability to produce cheap medicines -- just as those in Africa and other parts of the developing world have benefited."

AHF has learned that Cipla's recent price reduction was offered as a gift from Cipla to all Indian patients on the occasion of World AIDS Day. Physicians have received communication regarding the new prices, which have been available since December 1st, World AIDS Day.

The following chart details the price reduction offered in both Indian rupees and US dollars:

Cipla Drug Old Price INR (US $) New Price INR (US $)

Viraday 54000 (US $1341) 46800 (US $1163)

Efavir 28308 (US $703) 24000 (US $596)

Tenvir-EM 25200 (US $626) 24000 (US $596)

"Of the 2.5 million people now estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in India, only around 85,000 are receiving lifesaving antiretroviral treatment," said Dr. Mahesh Ganesan, Advocacy Coordinator for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "If the average income is 29000 rupees -- which, according to the World Bank, is India's gross national income -- then whether a year's supply of medicines costs 54000 rupees a year or 46800 makes little difference, as it is still far too high and still beyond the reach of most Indians in need."

This past August, AHF and several Indian civil society partners and co- sponsors rolled out the drug pricing advocacy campaign with a print ad headlined, "Profit at What Cost? AIDS Drugs for All." The ad, which appeared in prominent Indian newspapers questioned Cipla regarding a price difference of 150% between what Cipla has offered African and Indian purchasers for the lifesaving antiretroviral combination Viraday. Cipla has yet to dispute the fact that it offers dramatically different prices to Africa than to its own fellow countrymen for this drug.

Because of questions raised by the drug-pricing advocacy campaign, Cipla is currently under investigation by the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC), India's anti-trust commission that probes monopolistic, restrictive and unfair trade practices, over its possible overpricing of Viraday.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) operates free AIDS treatment clinics in India under AHF India Cares in Mysore, New Delhi and in Guwahati, Assam in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO). Additionally, in the Asia/Pacific region, AHF currently provides free antiretroviral treatment to people in need through its clinics in Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and China.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the US' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare, research, prevention and education provider. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 61,000 individuals in 19 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia. Additional information is available at http://www.aidshealth.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cipla, Tell the Truth; AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launches New Ad Campaign
2. Health care incentive model offers collaborative approach
3. Eye-staining technique offers early detection for dry eye syndrome
4. Governor Rendell Offers adultBasic Coverage to 35,000 Uninsured Pennsylvanians
5. Mylan Commences Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations for Its 5.750% Senior Notes Due 2010 and 6.375% Senior Notes Due 2015 in Connection With Its Proposed Acquisition of Mercks Generic Pharmaceutical Business
6. Psoriasis Cure Now offers Back to School Resources for Parents of Children with Psoriasis
7. ADDAS Awareness Campaign Offers Resources and Education to Adults Living with AD/HD and Professionals Working With Them
8. Regence Offers InterM to Fill Gap for the Uninsured
9. Super Jake Foundation Offers Hope for Pediatric Cancer
10. Concentra Offers a Cure For What Ails You
11. National Non-Profit Organization Offers Free Mental Health Services to Military and Military Families
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 , ... ... Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists, in collaboration with the Fertility Center of ... male fertility care: PESA (percutaneous epidydimal sperm aspiration) and TESA (percutaneous testicular sperm ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... , ... June 26, 2017 , ... ... to a recent review of government data released by the United Soybean Board. ... management practices, Maryland’s soybean farmers have increased their productivity on less land per ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2017 , ... ... qualified mental health professionals in every state across the country to join its online ... and rewarding way for therapists to reach a substantially greater number of people in ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... KICKICO , a ... that pledges to solve many catastrophic issues within funding campaigns. KICKICO developers are ... typical notion of crowdfunding - the raising of funds through the power of many ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2017 , ... FCPX LUT ... into an old-fashioned vintage look. FCPX LUT Vintage Volume 2 contains 60 different color-grade ... grain for distorted looks, vignettes and blurs to single out subjects, plus much more. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/10/2017)... , June 9, 2017  Shane K. Burchfield, DPM, is recognized ... excellence as a Podiatrist in Alabama . ... Family First Foot Care. He brings over 20 years of experience, ... management and healthcare, to his role. ... Care, PC is pleased to welcome you to his ...
(Date:6/8/2017)...   Responding to Heath Ledger,s father,s recent ... singer Chris Cornell in May, the mental health ... free online psychiatric drug side effects search ... psychotropic drug risks. The father of the ... accidental overdose, has called for tighter rules on prescription drugs. ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... 6, 2017  Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, a brand of Diplomat ... its Iowa location. The ... now features an ISO 7 cleanroom—the standard needed to compound intravenous ... low level of pollutants. "Our ... and better serve our Iowa patients," said ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: