Health Minister Pleased With Clinical Tests on AIDS Drug

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "The results obtained through clinical tests on the newly registered Armenicum drug designed to treat AIDS are promising–and all that has been said is far from being an exaggeration," Armenia’s Health Minister Haik Nikoghossian said at a press conference Tuesday.

The minister confirmed that the discovery of the drug had been the result of several years of research–while clinical tests only began last year–with the principle of voluntary treatment being strictly observed. The research required much financing and was conducted under strict international standards.

Nikoghossian said the prompt registration of Armenicum as an AIDS drug met the accepted international norms which allow for prompt registration with continued experimen’s and tests–where a serious drug for a disease thought incurable is concerned.

Nikoghossian explained that what has been done so far with the 14 patients who reportedly were cured of the disease was not enough–and further research and experimen’s were needed. New data on the results of the tests are expected to be provided each second or third month.

Asked about the condition of 28-year-old Nikolay Kolesnikov–a Russian citizen with AIDS who was brought to Yerevan for treatment–the minister said doctors were examining Kolesnikov and it would take at least two days to determine his condition and response to Armenicum.

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