Five hospitals in Lima, Callao and Cajamarca, have reported shortage of HIV medicine. According to a report, hospitals with problems of shortage and rationing are Daniel Alcides Carrión del Callao, Hospital Regional de Cajamarca, María Auxiliadora, Dos de Mayo and Arzobispo Loayza in Lima.
Those affected have denounced that their treatment schemes have been randomly changed, which is harmful for their health. Furthermore, there are various allegations regarding the absence of reagents for viral load testing, which are used to measure the progression of the virus in the body of a person with HIV. It should be noted that in Peru, there are approximately 27,000 people with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment.
The most critical issue was the communiqué of Percy Minaya, Deputy Minister of Health, who said that the delivery of Tenofovir should be up to 15 days (normal delivery is every 3 months). He also prohibits prescribing the same medicine for new users of the TARGA program (great active antiretroviral treatment in Spanish).
“They are giving us Tenofovir only for 5 days and we are at risk of getting fired, since we have to ask for permission in our works. We don’t have money for transportation, and all that affects our health, because many of us prefer to stop taking the medicines”, said a patient of the Loayza Hospital.
“It is outrageous to know that due to administrative reasons they put at risk the lives of hundreds of people with HIV who must take their medication without any interruption”, said Mr. Castillo.
He warned that the Ministry of Health, should notify their purchase schedule to anticipate typical problems in the bidding process and also have a stock of at least 6 months to avoid shortages.
To date, a total of 23 supported and accredited complaints have been filled due to the lack of Nevirapine and Tenofovir. In addition, more than 28 complaints due to the fractionated delivery of HIV medication have been also reported.