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Migrants wrongly told to pay for NHS care upfront, minister admits

Hospitals have wrongly told some migrants needing urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment on the NHS, the government has admitted for the first time.

Published
9 hours ago
From
The Guardian
Trading in Venezuela's pain: Border vendors do brisk business in meds

With the HIV virus killing him, Giovanni Plaza fled Venezuela and was able in neighboring Colombia to receive desperately needed anti-retroviral medicine for free. Some of his compatriots have not been as lucky -- reduced to buying smuggled drugs of dubious quality.

Published
11 February 2019
From
France 24
Allowing Insurers to Dictate Therapies Harms People Living with HIV

A new proposed rule by the Trump Administration could give insurance companies the power to restrict access to medications that people living with HIV need. Under the proposal, insurance companies could also require “prior authorization” and/or “step therapy,” which would force patients to use and fail cheaper therapies before getting access to more effective ones.

Published
29 January 2019
From
BETA blog
UK court dismisses AbbVie's legal challenge against the NHS

The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge by US pharmaceutical firm AbbVie against the National Health Service (NHS) England's procurement deal for drugs to treat and cure hepatitis C. The decision means that the plan to eliminate the virus in England remains on track.

Published
25 January 2019
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
South Africa’s drug ATMs offer formula to treat chronic illness

Dispensing machines in malls save time and ease pressure on health system.

Published
24 January 2019
From
Financial Times
Indonesia turns to Global Fund to ensure ARV stock

Amid rising concerns about the availability of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy drugs following a failed drug tender, the government has given assurances that stocks are enough until the end of this year.

Published
23 January 2019
From
The Jakarta Post
Australia will never be HIV-free if access to prevention requires a medicare card

My research shows newly arrived Asian-born gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to become HIV positive in the four years after arriving in Australia compared to their local peers. Temporary visa holders are not eligible for Medicare, but to access PrEP or HIV treatment cheaply in Australia you need a Medicare card.

Published
23 January 2019
From
The Conversation
Revealed: UK patients stockpile drugs in fear of no-deal Brexit

Ministers have been urged by top doctors to reveal the extent of national drug stocks, amid growing evidence patients are stockpiling medication in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which represents tens of thousands of doctors, urged the government to be more “transparent about national stockpiles, particularly for things that are already in short supply or need refrigeration, such as insulin”.

Published
18 January 2019
From
The Guardian
HIV care: Karnataka bags top spot

When it comes to providing care, support and treatment to HIV patients, Karnataka has been judged the best performer among states with a high HIV burden.

Published
16 January 2019
From
Times of India
Indonesia seeks to reassure HIV patients over drug supplies

Indonesia’s health ministry has sought to reassure HIV patients that sufficient antiretroviral (ARV) drugs will be available for their treatment after some hospitals had run out of supplies.

Published
14 January 2019
From
Reuters
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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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