Nigeria to pass drug-making law18th January 2007
A Nigerian presidential adviser says the country is in the final stages of passing a law that will pave the way for the cheap manufacture of drugs to fight malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Currently, 14 companies make antiretrovirals used against HIV, and a further eight making anti-malaria drugs based on artemisinin.
Ahmed Abdulkadir, special adviser to the Nigerian president, said his government wanted to dismantle all barriers to an increase in production capacity, which is insufficient to serve the needs of 2.5 million to three million Nigerians with HIV/AIDS.
Malaria, according to the World Health Organisation, kills one person every 30 seconds somewhere in the world.
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