Medicine shortage crisis in Venezuela continues

  • August 28, 2014
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Through a communiqué posted last Monday August 25th, 2014, on the official website of the Venezuelan Ministry of Popular Power for Health, announced the arrival of HIV medicines in the Vargas Hospital. However, a large number of HIV patients reported that Kaletra, Duovir, Rayataz, and Viraday are still absent.

“The scarcity of antiretroviral totally belies the claims of the Coordinator of the National AIDS Program, Miguel Morales, who said that ‘all HIV medications, for the month of September, arrived in the hospital’. These statements were published last Monday (…) in an article entitled Entregan medicamentos antirretrovirales a Hospital Vargas de Caracas (Caracas Vargas Hospital receives HIV medicines) on the website of the Ministry of Health”. Said Alberto Nieves, Executive Director of Acción Ciudadana Contra el Sida.

It was also announced that the administration of the Vargas Hospital pharmacy will now be in charge of the direction of the same hospital, in order to monitor, protect and standardize the delivery of antiretroviral drugs to patients with HIV and/or AIDS.

The lack of medicine, and not only antiretrovirals, currently affecting Venezuela just seem to get worse every day. Hundreds of lives are still in danger. According to the organization StopVIH, only in the month of August there have been 14 failures in the supply of HIV medicines in Caracas, and the states of Carabobo, Lara, and Mérida.

You can also help us! If you have any medicine you do not use, you can donate it to AID FOR AIDS to the following address: 515 Greenwich St., Suite 506, New York, NY 10013 and label it with the hashtag #SosVIHVenezuela.