Senegalese Pharmacists want access to anti-retrovirals

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The chairman of the National Order of Pharmacists in Senegal, has appealed for pharmacists across the country to have access to anti-retrovirals (ARV) in order to make them available to needy citizens.
Ahead of an international pharmaceutical forum scheduled for 18-21 June, Dr Mamadou Ndiade at a news conference last Thursday deplored what he said was the confinement of medicines to Dakar and the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).
"We are struggling to have access to ARVs so that the population may benefit from the 90 per cent cut in the price of these drugs," Ndiade said.
"We should sell generic drugs," he said, adding that 51 per cent of such drugs are sold by drugstores in the United States and 45 per cent in France.
"Why not do the same in Senegal?" he asked.
About 100 pharmacists from some 20 African countries would attend the Dakar forum that would discuss drug safety and accessibility in Africa.

15 june 2001 22:01:00




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