We, the Thai network of people living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+) in solidarity with: AIDS ACCESS Foundation
Thai Foundation for consumers
Thai Rural Doctors society
Thai Chronic renal failure network
Thai Alternative Agriculture network
Thai Parents network
Thai Rural Pharmacist society
Thai NGOs Coalition on AIDS
FTA Watch
and with HIV/AIDS activists around the world call on a global boycott of Abbott products in response to their recent callous decision to withdrawal all their current medications awaiting registration in addition to refusing to register any new pharmaceutical products in Thailand.

This extreme decision is in response to the recent granting of a compulsory license for the Abbott manufactured, Kaletra (Lopinavir and Ritonovir) by the Thai government.

Thailands decision to grant 3 compulsory licenses for Kaletra, Plavix (an anti clotting agent) and Efavirenz (another ARV) is completely legal and in accordance with Thai law and WTO TRIPS agreement. It was a brave and necessary step by the Thai government to ensure access to quality care and treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS. It will allow Thailand to import the ARV, Kaletra from India at a cost of less than 4000 baht ($US113) per person per month in contrast to Abbotts current price of 8900 baht ($US250) per person per month or 11,580 ($US325) per person per month when selling to NGOs- This price is unacceptable and unaffordable to the Thai government and in time will threaten the Thai governments ability to fulfill its promise of providing ARV treatment to all Thais who need it.

Abbotts decision also denies Thai PLHA access to the new heat resistant formula Kaletra- of vital importance to a tropical country such as Thailand.

This action by Abbott is unprecedented by a Pharmaceutical company and a comprehensive and intensive global campaign is needed to ensure that this never happens again and to register our disgust and condemnation for their precedence of profit over people.

We are asking people to not purchase any Abbott products to send Abbott a message that the world is watching and that will never accept dirty and life threatening tactics such as these.

Please note that you should only change your medication under the supervision of your medical practitioner and only when an appropriate alternative medication is available. We explicitly do not want people to stop taking Abbott produced medication if no equivalent medication exists.

Abbott produces a wide range of pharmaceuticals and over the counter medications and preparations. Please take note of the following Abbott products to avoid purchasing them.

FUNGIZONE INTRAVENOUS
RYTMONORM 150 MG

RYTMONORM 300 MG

ISOPTIN SR 240 MG.

PROCORUM 50 MG.

AKINETON 2 MG

REDUCTIL 15 MG

REDUCTIL 10 MG

GOPTEN 0.5 MG

GOPTEN 2 MG

ERYTHROCIN-IV (ERYTHROMYCIN LACTOBIONATE 500 MG)

ERY-TAB

IBERET - 500

CALCIJEX (1 MCG/ML)

CALCIJEX (2 MCG/ML)

NORVIR (ORAL SOLUTION)

KALETRA ORAL SOLUTION

ACYCLOVIR SODIUM FOR INJECTION (500 MG )

ACYCLOVIR SODIUM FOR INJECTION (1G)

GENGRAF 100 MG

GENGRAF 50 MG

GENGRAF 25 MG

GENGRAF

ATRACURIUM BESYLATE INJECTION

BRUFEN 400

BRUFEN 600

SURBEX - T
QUELICIN (100 MG/ML)
HYTRIN (1 MG.)

HYTRIN (10MG)

HYTRIN (2 MG)

HYTRIN (5 MG)

KLACID

KLACID (PAEDIATRIC SUSPENSION)

KLACID 500

KLACID (R) MR

FORANE

SEVORANE

ACYCLOVIR 500 MG
SPORAL IV,0.9\% SODIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION

PRECEDEX

ISUPREL
KLACID

KLACID (GRANULES FOR ORAL SUSPENSION)

PENTOTHAL SODIUM


Nutrition product worldwide
AdvantEdge
Alimentum Advance
Alitra Q
Calcilo XD
Cyclinex-1
EleCare
Embrace
Enlive!
Enrich Plus
Ensure
Ensure Fiber
Ensure High Calcium
Ensure High Protein
Ensure Plus
Glucerna
Glutarex-1
Hominex-1
Isomil
Jevity
Juven
Ketonex
Myoplex
NeoSure Advance
Nepro
Nutrisure
Optimental
Osmolite
Oxepa
PaediaSure
Pedialyte
PediaSure
PediaSure Plus with Fiber
PediaSure With Fiber
Phenex
Pivot 1.5 Cal
ProMod
Promote
Pro-Phree
Propimex-1
ProSure
Pulmocare
RCF
Rehydralyte
Similac
Similac 2 Advance
Similac Advance
Similac Human Milk Fortifier
Similac Lactose Free Advance
Similac Low Iron
Similac Natural Care Advance
Similac PM 60/40
Similac Special Care Advance 20
Similac with Iron
Suplena
TwoCal
Vital HN
ZonePerfect

Public support for this campaign is vital. Please think carefully about the products that you are buying and who manufactures them. Currently Abbotts decision stands to gravely disadvantage PLHA in Thailand but if they are allowed to set a precedent such as this, there may be no end to the groups directly affected by a lack of access to standard care and treatment. These sort of tactics need to stop NOW.


Thank you for your support. If you require any further information, please contact Brigitte at TNP+ on +66 851334530 or check our website at www.thaiplus.net for more explanation and detail about the TRIPS agreement and compulsory licensing.

Yours in solidarity,


The Thai network of people living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+)


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