National
Uganda makes new AIDS drug
Publish Date: Feb 08, 2012
Uganda makes new AIDS drug
Anti Retroviral drugs. File photo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Taddeo Bwambale and Vivian Agaba

Quality Chemicals, a Ugandanbased pharmaceutical company, will next month start producing a new anti-retroviral(ARV) drug, Tenofovir.

A monthly dose of the drug will cost $20 (about sh44,000) compared to $600 (about sh1.4m) for the same drug in Europe.

One pill a day is recommended as opposed to two pills used in the first line treatment, according to Samuel Opio, Quality Chemical’s pharmacist. Tenofovir belongs to a class of drugs that help slow the spread of HIV.

While most advanced countries have switched to Tenofovir as first line treatment for HIV, many poor countries have not embraced it because it is very expensive.

Government health units are expected to start receiving Tenofovir next year, in a move that will partly improve compliance to ARVs.

Quality Chemicals also produces anti-malarial drugs. According to National Medical Stores general manager, Moses Kamabare, the local procurement of antimalarials and ARVs locally has significantly reduced on cases of stock-outs.

He explained that most of the drugs are imported from India and China, which require not less than two months to arrive in the country.

Kamabare said over the last six months, about 50,000 more people have been started on ARVs due to the consistency in drug supply by Quality Chemicals.

The cost of buying ARVs from the plant has also slightly reduced from $2.4 per dose when it started production to $1.9.
Besides improvements in procurement and supply, the availability of a local supplier has reduced the burden on storage at NMS.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Lukwago, Clarke not fit for Lord Mayor - Seya
Former Kampala Mayor, Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala has scoffed at Makindye Division Mayor, Dr. Ian Clarke and embattled Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago for vying the office of the Lord Mayor without potential to manage the office....
Another Muslim cleric gunned down in Mbale
A prominent Muslim cleric has been shot dead by assailants in Nakalole Town, Mbale....
First group of pilgrims arrives at Namugongo
With the annual Uganda Martyrs’ celebrations just under two weeks away, the first group of pilgrims from Bushenyi district has arrived....
African leaders root for emphasis on ICT
African leaders warn that the continent’s plans to rapidly transform into first world may not be realized without focus on (ICT), skills development and innovation....
Western region tops in lifesaving drugs - report
A new report shows that the western region has the highest and best coverage of the essential medicines in Uganda....
Court grants former NFA boss bail
COURT of Appeal Judge, Augustine Nshimye has granted the former National Forestry Authority Executive Director, Damian Akankwasa bail pending the hearing of his second appeal...
Should politicians be banned from addressing religious gatherings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter