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Sad News To Kenyans On HIV As Worrying Details Emerge On ARV Drugs


Three antiretroviral drugs that were phased out more than five years ago are among 29 types of ARVS flagged off to the counties last Thursday.

This is even as thousands of breastfeeding infants born to HIV positive mothers are expected to wait longer for the Nevirapine (NVP) syrup, which is part of the consignment stuck at the Port of Mombasa because of a tax row between the government and USAID.

Consequently, users of ARVS have expressed anxiety over the government's move to release drugs that had been declared "not fit for use" as earlier as 2010.

Last Thursday, officials flagged off some of the ARVS, which are understood to have been stored at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) Embakasi ware house for years, to 31 counties.

According to a report by People Daily, Kemsa's Customer Service Man ager Geoffrey Mwagwi said the drugs released last week had been held at the warehouses for a while.


"We are assuring Kenya patients that the drugs will be at the health facilities in the next few days. The consignments we are flagging off today are supplies that have been with us, old stock which belongs to the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Global Fund," he said.

But some users said this was a dangerous move as some of the drugs had become obsolete.

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