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Venezuela Falls Under The Triple Attack of HIV, Tuberculosis And Malaria

A little over a year later, the situation is a lot more serious than we originally foresaw. Every health, poverty, nutrition, economic growth and social development index in Venezuela has loudly worsened, while the Venezuelan government keeps on denying not only the existence of the humanitarian crisis affecting the country but even worse, the entrance of humanitarian aid.

Published
16 April 2019
From
Caracas Chronicles
“Dialogue” Highlighted As Way Forward At Closure Of WHO Fair Pricing Forum

WHO said that it will launch a public online consultation involving governments, industry and civil society to try to come up with a broad consensus on what actually constitutes a “fair price” for essential medicines.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Health Policy Watch
Tackling the high price of medicine

Profit seems to be the only logic driving medicine prices, with some African countries paying more for medicine than European countries, and US citizens paying some of the highest medicine prices in the world. While there are global efforts to rein in pharmaceutical companies’ excessive profiteering from sickness, trying to remove the secrecy around prices is complicated.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Daily Maverick
UK: Ministers accused of cover-up over migrant health reports

Ministers have been accused of a cover-up for refusing to release official reports into whether migrants’ health has been harmed since they began being charged upfront for NHS care before they can be treated.

Published
05 April 2019
From
The Guardian
PrEP Pricing Is the Elephant in the Room at the CDC National HIV Prevention Conference

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was supposed to usher in an end to the HIV epidemic. Now, seven years after its approval, it's clear that the once-daily pill has failed to reach the very patients who need it most. For veteran HIV researcher Michael Saag, M.D., with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the reason is simple: PrEP is too expensive.

Published
24 March 2019
From
The Body
Little advice in place for patients in England if drug supplies dry up

The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have given little practical advice to patients in England about what they can do if they are left unable to get hold of their normal drugs.

Published
24 March 2019
From
The Guardian
Interview With Charles Gore, Medicines Patent Pool Executive Director

Charles Gore took over the role of Executive Director at the Medicines Patent Pool in July 2018, just after its board decided to greatly expand its mandate into essential medicines. Nine months into his term, IP-Watch’s William New talked with him about his role and how the expansion is going.

Published
24 March 2019
From
Intellectual Property Watch
South Africa: Shortage of drug puts thousands of Aids patients at risk

Health authorities have confirmed the shortage of Darunavir, a third-line drug. Third-line drugs are used when patients have few drug options left to treat their condition.

Published
15 March 2019
From
Independent Online
India’s first LGBTQ clinic and HIV treatment centre inaugurated in Mumbai

Based out of the Humsafar Trust’s office jn Mumbai, the centre will give free counselling and provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) to the LGBTQ community. TAshok Row Kavi, founder chairperson of the Trust, said: “Until now we would get testing done for the community members at our centre. If tested positive for the disease, they would be asked to go to Sion Hospital, but there was a huge dropout (rate) there. Because of how the community is perceived outside, a lot of these people wouldn’t seek treatment."

Published
12 March 2019
From
Hindustan Times
Big Pharma Gave Money To Patient Advocacy Groups Opposing Medicare Changes

Dozens of patient advocacy groups, like the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, recently appeared in national advertisements objecting to a Trump administration proposal that could limit drugs covered by Medicare providers. But a Kaiser Health News analysis found that about half of the groups representing patients have received funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Published
05 March 2019
From
Kaiser Health News
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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