Quito, Ecuador: Shortage of Antiretroviral Drugs

Posted on July 4, 2011 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador, Health, Latin America Health, Politics, Social Issues

ElComercio.com reports that there is a shortage of HIV-AID drugs in Ecuador. Health officials report that prescriptions of antiretroviral drugs such as Lamivudine, Abacavir and Kaletra are not being filled at special pharmacies that are supposed to carry these expensive drugs. Non-governmental organizations report that 10% of the 1,000 members of the organization Caminos de Esperanza of the South Hospital are experiencing problems due to low supply of antiretroviral drugs. Reportedly, the drug shortage began in Guayaquil in 2010 and is now spreading in Quito. The Ministry of Health says that the drugs will be provided by public hospitals starting in July and August. On Wednesday, the Coalition of Ecuadorian’s Living with HIV (CEPVVS) announced they are discussing the possibility of bringing a lawsuit against the Ecuadorian government in the International Human Rights court for not providing the necessary drugs for HIV-AIDS patients.Read Article

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