Expired AIDS Drugs Kill Thousands in Zimbabwe

Expired AIDS drugs distributed by Robert Mugabe’s regime have killed an unknown number of people in Zimbabwe, Now Daily has learnt.
Government doctors confirmed they were ordered by state officials to issue the expired old drug Stalanev after the new Tenofovir anti-retroviral regimen recommended by the World Health Organisation ran out of stock.
AIDS patients complained of severe complications after taking the expired medication. Activists claimed an unknown number had died while many had swollen bodies. They accused the government of distributing the expired drugs in a desperate bid to convince the United Nations Global Fund on HIV and AIDS that the country had achieved “universal access”, the target to supply ARVs to all AIDS patients by December 2013.
The Global Fund meets in the U.S. in December for its annual Replenishment conference and will consider Zimbabwe’s request for further aid. The country has lost out on previous funding rounds after failing to meet targets.


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