India to add more AIDS, TB drugs to essential medicines list: sources

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) – India is likely to add more HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis drugs to its list of essential medicines that are subject to price caps, people directly involved in the process said, in a move to improve affordability of drugs to treat the deadly diseases. All the drugs on the government’s HIV/AIDS and TB control programs are likely to be added in the list, the people said. India provides a number of key HIV/AIDS and TB medicines for free under the government’s disease control programs through state-run clinics and distribution centers. India has about 2.2 million TB patients, the highest in the world, and an estimated 2.1 million are afflicted with HIV/AIDS.
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