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Circular: Use of Fixed-dose Combinations in Place of Lamivudine Single Agents

January 9, 2016
HIV - Antiretrovirals (ARVs)   Reports  

Issued on 7 January, the Department of Health circular offers guidance to clinicians regarding the use of two-in-one combination antiretrovirals (ARV) following a change in ARV tendering.

[Updated] HIV drug shortage rocks Gauteng

Some Gauteng patients living with HIV are going without a life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) as the province suffers a shortage of the ARV lamivudine.

Antiretroviral theft hits Northern Cape clinic

December 24, 2015
HIV - Antiretrovirals (ARVs)   OurHealth  

Thieves recently broke into a Douglas clinic, making off with stocks of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and the clinic computer.

New agreement could help end ARV stock outs

After months of erratic supply of its antiretroviral (ARV) Aluvia in South Africa, international pharmaceutical company AbbVie will now allow generic manufacturers to produce the drug to help safeguard supplies, according to an announcement made today.

Report: On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030

The latest UNAIDS report notes 15.8 million people were on antiretrovirals as of June and encourages more countries to heed the World Health’s Organisation’s call to roll out the “test and treat” approach. 

South Africa launches world’s first early drug stock out warning system

In an effort to combat medicine shortages, South Africa will roll out a first of its kind early warning system to identify drug stock outs before they happen. The move comes as country and makers of the antiretroviral Aluvia work to address shortages

World Health Organisation calls for treatment for all

October 1, 2015
HIV - Antiretrovirals (ARVs)   News  

In a landmark move, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that all people living with HIV be started on treatment as soon as possible following diagnosis.