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US funds for AIDS may be used for generic drugs

ABOUT FACE Although US pharmaceutical companies classify the makers of such drugs as `pirates,' the Bush administration is encouraging the use of copycat medicines

THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

Thompson said the US is by far the biggest donor and he hopes EU countries will put in more money.

In December, he plans to take a group of businessmen to Africa in the hope that they will feel as he did when the president sent him to find out how serious the AIDS crisis was two years ago. "I've learned so much," he said. "I'm hoping the things that move me so dramatically will move business people too," he said.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization called for free tuberculosis drugs to cut the death toll of those who succumb because they have HIV and their immune systems cannot fight off the infection.

"The TB epidemic has grown even worse, primarily due to the spread of HIV. We need to increase our efforts to address the deadly synergy between the two diseases, each of which is fuelling the other's impact," said Mario Raviglione, of WHO's Stop TB department.

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