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Department Stalls On Deal for Free Anti-Aids Drug [South Africa]

The government is offering free nevirapine to pregnant HIV-positive women in at least two health facilities in all nine provinces in an attempt to reduce the transmission of HIV to their babies. The government is paying for the drug though Boehringer Ingelheim offered to supply it free more than a year ago. Health Department spokeswoman Ms Jo-Anne Collinge said there had been talks between Boehringer Ingelheim and her department. She expected an agreement soon.