Published in AIDS Weekly, September 17th, 2001
Health Minister Jose Serra, who had pledged to start making the drug Nelfinavir at Brazil's state-owned Far-Manguinhos laboratory, announced a last-minute agreement had been reached with the drug's manufacturer, Roche group of Switzerland.
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant had agreed to reduce the price of Nelfinavir in Brazil by 40%, to US$0.64 per unit, Serra said, adding, "With the deal, it's cheaper to buy from Roche than to produce the drug.''
"We are pleased...
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