Life-saving HIV drug shortage hits affected children

06 Mar 2017 | Written by NewsBytes Desk; Edited by Ramya

In a major setback for HIV affected children, Cipla, the sole manufacturer of Lopinavir syrup (a child-friendly drug), has stopped production over non-payment of dues by the government.

637 children have written to PM Narendra Modi seeking help.

The Health Ministry has asked states to procure it from local markets, but Lopinavir, which has gone out of production, isn't available in retail markets either.

In context: Putting an end to AIDS/HIV

StatisticsAIDS deaths, HIV infections decline

The number of deaths caused by AIDS in India in 2007 stood at 1,48,309 whereas, in 2015, there was a sharp decline in the number, only 67,600.

On a global scale, AIDS deaths decreased by 41% between 2005 and 2015.

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of new HIV-infections fell approximately by 34% to 86,000 from 2,51,000 in India; globally the number declined 35%.

Third-largest number of people with HIV

In Jul’14, the UN stated: “India has the third-largest number of people living with HIV in the world– 2.1 million at the end of 2013– and accounts for about 4 out of 10 people living with HIV in the region."
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06 Mar 2017Life-saving HIV drug shortage hits affected children