The new fixed-dosed pill, to be rolled out in the next two
weeks, combines three drugs into one.
This will mean HIV+ patients only have to take one pill and not nine separate drugs. Initially it will be rolled out to all HIV+ pregnant women and other priority cases in a programme costing almost R6 million.
However. Francesca Conradie of South Africa’s HIV Clinicians Society says there is very good reason for concern. According to her not enough of the drug has been ordered yet and there are already shortages of the current drugs available in both the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
She adds that the lack of an effective computerised system untrained staff are making the situation worse.
Source: Eyewitness News