The Open AIDS Journal




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Achieving a Dream: Meeting Policy Goals Related to Improving Drug Access



David Zakus*, 1, 2, 3, Jillian Clare Kohler4, Venera Zakriova1, 2, Aaron Yarmoshuk2, 5
1 Centre for International Health, Canada
2 Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Canada
3 Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
4 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada
5 HIV/AIDS Africa Initiative, Centre for International Health, Canada

Abstract

International experts recognize that significant inequities exist in the accessibility of life-saving medicines among poor and vulnerable populations, especially in developing countries. This article highlights that drug access even for relatively cheap medicines is out of reach for the vast numbers of global poor. This badly affects people living with HIV/AIDS who face serious obstacles in accessing ARVs. The same concerns are attributed to neglected diseases. Despite international meetings, promises from the pharmaceutical industry and a lot of media attention little has changed in the past 20 years. The accessibility gap to life-saving drugs could be reduced by the UNITAID initiative to pool patents for the many different ARVs, but the reality is that UNITAID is still a promise. To surmount this global problem of inequity requires a rethinking of traditional models of drug access and health objectives that should not be compromised by commercial interests.



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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2010
Volume: 4
First Page: 25
Last Page: 27
Publisher Id: TOAIDJ-4-25
DOI: 10.2174/1874613601004020004

Article History:

Received Date: 15/6/2009
Revision Received Date: 16/6/2009
Acceptance Date: 1/7/2009
Electronic publication date: 19/1/2010
Collection year: 2010

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