Supreme Court seeks stakeholders meeting to discuss quality and shortage of antiretroviral drugs for HIV patients, ET HealthWorld

Supreme Court seeks stakeholders meeting to discuss quality and shortage of antiretroviral drugs for HIV patients, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested a meeting between the Centre, the National AIDS Control Organisation and an organisation working for AIDS patients to discuss issues of quality and shortage of antiretroviral drugs for treating HIV patients. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra was hearing a PIL filed by NGO 'Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS' in 2022 alleging shortage of antiretroviral drugs for treating HIV patients.

Referring to the shortage of antiretroviral drugs in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bench noted the submissions of Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, and senior advocate Anand Grover, representing the petitioner NGO, and said the “dust has now settled” and adequate medicines are available.

Grover said, “Quality of medicines is a big issue. We would like to discuss this issue with them (Centre and NACO).” He admitted that there is no shortage of medicines.

“We suggest that a senior-level meeting be held within two weeks. We will then allow the suggestions to be placed on record to ensure that all concerns are addressed,” the Chief Justice said.

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) involves treating people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) using anti-HIV medications.

The petition said that the treatment of people suffering from HIV/AIDS is hampered due to the non-availability of medicines at the antiretroviral therapy centres of the National AIDS Control Organisation.

  • Published on July 11, 2024 at 12:50 PM IST

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