THE move by the Ministry of Health to phase out a first line drug for HIV (Stavudine) and replace it with safer and better tolerated drugs, Tenofovir and Zidovine, is a good gesture that has come too late. The withdrawal of Stavudine from the antiretroviral treatment programme has come 10 years after it was introduced and obviously hundreds, if not thousands, have since suffered its chronic side effects.
THE move by the Ministry of Health to phase out a first line drug against HIV(Stavudine) with the plans to introduce a more safer and more better tolerated Tenovir and Zidovine is a good gesture that has come too late. The withdrawal of this drug form antiretroviral treatment programme has been received with mixed feelings from a cross-section of society. The move has 10 years after the introduction of Stavudine and obviously hundreds if not thousands have since perished due to its chronic effects that are often irreplaceable.