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NLM AIDSLINE
U.N. drug initiative hits the ground.
Cadman J
July 30, 1999
GMHC Treat Issues. 1998 Jun;12(6):5-6. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced its HIV Drug Access Initiative in November 1997. Advisory boards oversee the Initiative, set national policy, and determine criteria for eligible participants. The program also provides drugs for opportunistic infections and sexually transmitted diseases. The initial phase of the program includes Uganda, the Ivory Coast, Chile, and Vietnam, although funding remains a problem. UNAIDS is helping with medical training in each country, and uses a computerized system to track participants and drug distribution. UNAIDS is also negotiating with pharmaceutical companies to provide drugs at subsidized costs. Glaxo Wellcome and Hoffman-LaRoche have committed to making their drugs and diagnostic kits available via the program; others are considering joining the effort. A major effort is underway by the program to reduce vertical transmission of HIV.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/*DRUG THERAPY Anti-HIV Agents/ECONOMICS/*SUPPLY & DISTRIBUTION/THERAPEUTIC USE Clinical Trials *Developing Countries Disease Transmission, Vertical/PREVENTION & CONTROL Drug Therapy, Combination Female HIV Infections/*DRUG THERAPY/PREVENTION & CONTROL *Health Services Accessibility Human Infant, Newborn International Cooperation National Health Programs/ECONOMICS/*ORGANIZATION & ADMIN Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/DRUG THERAPY Sexually Transmitted Diseases/DRUG THERAPY *United Nations Zidovudine/ECONOMICS/SUPPLY & DISTRIBUTION/THERAPEUTIC USE

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