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Victory! Colombian Government Cuts Price of Abbott's Lifesaving AIDS Drug Kaletra 55%, Says AHF
Date:5/11/2009

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Kaletra in Colombia

  • Colombia is a lower-middle income country with an average income per capita of $2,600 per year.(1) The country has one of the most serious HIV/AIDS problems in the region: 170,000 people living with AIDS and a rapidly rising HIV prevalence (currently 0.7%).(2) An average of 10,000 people each year die from AIDS in the country.(3)

  • Colombia is unable to provide antiretroviral therapy to those who need it. UNAIDS estimates that 33,000 people with AIDS who need ARV therapy now (62% of the total) are not currently accessing it.(4) Colombia's government is spending $70 million each year for AIDS drugs (all national funding).(5)

  • Abbott promotes Colombia as receiving a preferred price of $1,000 per patient per year for lower-middle income countries on its website.(6) However, in reality Abbott charged Colombia $8,400 per patient per year up through mid-2007.(7)(8) Abbott is currently charging $3,500 in Colombia.(9)

  • Abbott uses unorthodox and unethical marketing strategies in Colombia to promote Kaletra. This includes offering classes, dinners, and trips to patients on Kaletra.(10) As a result, Kaletra is the 2nd-most widely prescribed AIDS medicine in Colombia, highly unusual for a 2nd-line medication. Kaletra accounts for 1/3 of Colombia's AIDS drug costs.(11)

  • On April 7, 2008, the Mesa de Organizacions con Trabajo en VIH/SIDA and the Red Colombiana de Personas Viviendo con VIH o con SIDA requested an open license on Kaletra. The local Colombian generics industry has the ca
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