§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the South African Government's policy on authorising the generic version of fluconazole in the treatment of Aids related infections. 
§ Clare Short
Fluconazole is a useful drug in the treatment of certain opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. The Government of South Africa has given permission for the generic version of fluconazole to be administered in exceptional circumstances on a named patient, named condition based. This limited use will be reviewed once its brand name version, Diflucan, donated to the Government of South Africa by Pfizer, is available to the public health sector. Its registration and availability in the public health sector in South Africa is a matter for the Government of South Africa and its licensing authority.