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Protecting The Monopoly of Pharmaceutical Drugs

I love ARV

Posted by gimpygimpy on 14/12/2009

ARV for AIDS. Who needs anything else?

As you all know, I am totally opposed to the use of CAM for the treatment of AIDS, especially in Africa where Antiretroviral therapy is available to all (well nearly all). It just a shame that the budgets for drugs have been reduced by 25%-50% lately- less drugs for them, less money for us.   I mean you do the maths – Big pharma sell them the ARV which they buy with our government support funds; money out, money in. Neat Huh?  And a nice little slice of that comes into my bank account every month. Now I know there have been a few glitches lately, as you can read here, but live for today I say!

Once-curable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are coming back, as germs rapidly mutate to form aggressive strains that resist drugs. The reason: The misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us has built up drug resistance worldwide.

Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide had drug-resistant strains. Now, between 5 percent and 30 percent of new patients are already resistant to the drugs. In Europe, it’s 10 percent; in the U.S., 15 percent.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where the drugs only started arriving a few years ago, resistance is partly the unforeseen consequence of good intentions. There are not enough drugs to go around, so clinics run out and patients can’t do full courses. The inferior meds available in Africa poison other patients. Misprescriptions are common and monitoring is scarce.

The story of HIV mirrors the rise worldwide of new and more deadly forms of killer infections, such as tuberculosis and malaria. These diseases have mutated in response to the misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us, The Associated Press found in a six-month look at soaring drug resistance worldwide.

But, look on the bright side; more mutated virus, more research. Hey hey!

Your pal, G


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