The pill exchange

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Science  15 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6394, pp. 1174
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6394.1174

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Alexander Chebin of Yekaterinburg and Yulia Vereschagina of St. Petersburg live more than 1000 kilometers away from each other, but they work together sharing antiretroviral drugs, which they then distribute to people in need. Their "reserve pharmacy" is an underground network that collects the drugs from people who switch regimens or die, and distributes them to people who have trouble accessing the life-saving medication because of bureaucratic hurdles or the occasional "stock-outs" that occur in official government pharmacies. People find them through social media websites, and they distribute the drugs free of charge.