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Registration of new HIV drug in Europe in final stage - Iranian Health Minister

Tehran, Feb 8, IRNA - Iran's Minister of Health Kamran Baqeri Lankarani on Thursday said that registration of a new herbal medicine invented by Iranians that controls the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in an infected person is at its final stage.

"The medicine is produced from herbs using nano technology," he said.

"The herbal medicine effectively controls the spread of the AIDS virus in the blood system and increases a person's immunity," he said.

The medicine, called IMOD, was invented by 15 research centers after four to five years of work. It has been tested on 200 volunteer patients, he pointed out.

IMOD is the fifth generation of medicines against AIDS in the world. The first generation of medicines prevents the spread of the virus and the second prevents infection with the virus.

The third generation prevents the spread of the AIDS virus in a patient while the fourth boosts the body's immunity.

Speaking to reporters, he underscored the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in the Middle East which prescribes the medicine free of charge.

This new medicine bears no side effects and helps increase the immunity of the infected body in dealing with the disease, he said.

The medicine could very well raise Iran's status in the global health community in its battle to find a cure for the deadly AIDS disease, he added.

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