Algarve’s HIV drug shortage under fire

Portugal’s Communist Party (PCP) has questioned the Ministry of Health over the severe shortage of antiretroviral drugs for HIV patients in the Algarve.

As Diário de Notícias explained earlier this week, the legal minimum for stocks is a three-month supply yet patients in the Algarve are only being given enough pills to get through five days (click here).

PCP MPs Paulo Sá and Carla Cruz want to know (if this is true) why stocks have been allowed to run so low.

Algarve hospital chiefs (CHA) have said this is a temporary problem that should soon be rectified.

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