Three-in-one offer

Published: Saturday 15 September 2001

pharmaceutical giant Cipla has introduced a three-in-one aids drug called Triomune. The new drug is a combination of stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine. Cipla could synthesise the drug because Indian laws allow generic copies to be made. The generic drug would remain one of its kind, as the patent holders of the three drugs are unlikely to form an alliance for a similar offer. Triomune has several advantages over the three drugs. With its introduction, the treatment cost has been slashed from Rs 2,000 to Rs 1,800. Along with this, the dosage has also been reduced -- from six tablets per day to only two. This will immensely help those patients who are forced to forgo one or two of the aids drugs due to financial constrains. "Patients who do not take the entire dosage of their treatment risk their own health," said Julian Meldrum, international editor of the uk -based National aids Manual. Cipla plans to market the pill to developing countries.

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