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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-23-07 07:08 AM
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Tens Of Thousands Of Impoverished AIDS Patients Left Without Treatment As Drug Is Quietly Recalled
Tens Of Thousands Of Impoverished AIDS Patients Left Without Treatment As Drug Is Quietly Recalled

A total recall of an important AIDS drug widely used in developing countries has disrupted treatment for tens of thousands of the world's poorest patients, with no clear word from the manufacturer on when shipments will resume.

The recall of the drug, Viracept, by Roche Pharmaceuticals of Switzerland, went largely unnoticed in the developed world when it was announced in early June, after the company had discovered that some batches made at its Swiss plant contained a dangerous chemical. But the recall has caused growing concern among global health officials and in AIDS programs in many poor nations. They say the company did an inadequate job of informing patients and officials about the potential risks and helping them find affordable access to newer alternative drugs.

Roche said that it had been actively working with health officials across the globe and that the risk from the affected batches was low.

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