Business News of Friday, 24 October 2003
Thailand company ready to manufacture AIDS Drugs
Accra, Oct. 24, GNA - A Thailand-based organisation, Immunitor
Corporation Company Limited on Friday expressed interest in
transferring technology into Ghana for the production of an HIV/AIDS
therapeutic drug to prolong the lives of patients.
Dr. Aldar Bourinbaiar, the Scientific Director of the company, said
the V-1 immunitor drug, already in the country, has been tested in
clinical trials in 26 African countries with Ghana being the only
African country to have registered it with the Food and Drugs Board.
Speaking at a two-day Conference on AIDS in Africa organised by a
non-governmental organisation, Miracle Rock Foundation, (MIROF) in
Accra, Dr Bourinbaiar said V-1 has been taken by some 67,000 persons
world-wide with 2000 of them in Africa.
He said it has helped in dealing with opportunistic infections such as
oral thrush, loss of appetite weight loss, diarrhoea and skin lesions
and diseases associated with the AIDS virus.
He said a Thailand medical resarch organisation, Ban Bangpakong
Clinic, where the V-I was developed, had done enough research and
clinical trials to prove that the drug contained no toxic material and
did not have any effect on chronic users.
Dr. Bourinbaiar said Ghana could benefit from the technology, if
government was prepared to sink money into building factory,
following, which the Thailand company would transfer the technology
within six months when the go-ahead was given.
He said, the drug separated the virus and rendered it inactive thus
helping to boost the immune system of HIV patients. Dr. Bourinbaiar,
who is also an international researcher into AIDS vaccines, said so
far there was still no cure for the AIDS, after over 70 international
vaccine clinical trials.
He said patients in Nigeria, Kenya, Togo and other countries in Africa
have taken V-1 drugs, which cost between 20 to 30 dollars a pack. Some
of the drugs would be made available to the Ghana AIDS Commission,
persons living with AIDS and non-governmental organisations in the
The Reverend Charles Abban, President of MIROF, told the conference
that there has been progress in efforts to deal with the AIDS pandemic
and there was hope that everybody would rise up to the challenges
ahead to curb the spread of the disease.