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HIV/AIDS drugs too costly - MSF

An international medical NGO has decried Kenya's costly HIV/AIDS drugs, local newspaper The East African Standard reported on Monday.

Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said despite a new law to import generic drugs, registration of these had been slow and the number of Kenyans in need of treatment still stood at somewhere around 220,000.

MSF regional coordinator, Christa Cepuch, urged the government to speed up registration, which would reduce the price and effectively tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Cepuch said shortages of branded drugs and lack of alternative sources of medication had greatly affected the quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

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