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New WHO report shows strategic purchasing of medicines can improve access in the European Region

A new WHO report provides insight into how countries in the WHO European Region can improve access and reduce medicine prices through strategic and well-planned procurement processes. The report examines the effect of different public procurement practices on supply security and prices for pharmaceuticals. It also addresses collaboration within and across countries to improve availability of affordable medicines for patients in the Region.

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World Health Organization
Hepatitis C Sheds Enough in the Rectum to Transmit Through Anal Sex

Researchers have come up with the first direct evidence that enough hepatitis C virus (HCV) sheds into the rectums of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) to transmit directly to another man’s penis during anal sex, even when no blood is present.

30 November 2016
DAA treatment restricted for Canadian hepatitis C patients

Patients infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Canada have limited access to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents, according to a new study. For example, 85% to 92% of the provinces and territories in Canada restrict access to these medications to persons with moderate fibrosis.

29 November 2016
Medical Economics
Where hepatitis C rates are seven times the US average — and a cure is kept out of reach

With the opioid epidemic steamrolling through Appalachia, the new face of hepatitis C is increasingly young, white, and rural. In Kentucky, a state beset by hepatitis C rates seven times the national average, Harvoni and other new hepatitis C drugs remain largely out of reach.

14 November 2016
These researchers think they have a solution to the global crisis in drug prices

To avoid the cost and uncertainty of challenging behemoth drug companies in the American market, Trek plans to focus on middle-income countries where new hepatitis C drugs have been slow to roll out, such as nations in eastern and central Europe. If they are successful at finding a new balancing point of profit and access -- a true "if" -- they hope their example could inspire companies working on other diseases to experiment with similar pricing models.

08 November 2016
Washington Post
Buyers clubs for cheaper drugs help fight hepatitis and HIV

Frustrated by the high price of antiviral drugs, thousands of patients from London to Moscow to Sydney are turning to a new wave of online "buyers clubs" to get cheap generic medicines to cure hepatitis C and protect against HIV infection.

07 November 2016
The Cost Of A Cure: Revisiting Medicare Part D And Hepatitis C Drugs

Preliminary estimates, based on data obtained from CMS by the Associated Press, suggest that 2015 spending on the new hepatitis C drugs was $9.2 billion or roughly double the 2014 levels. This level of spending projects to about 100,000 new individual users, allowing for some duplication of people who continued the treatment they started in 2014.

04 November 2016
Health Affairs (blog)
Gilead sales of Hepatitis C drugs slump

Gilead Sciences Inc. on Tuesday said sales of hepatitis C drugs Harvoni and Sovaldi missed expectations and slumped in the third-quarter, as the biopharmaceutical company faces challenges from rival drugs and pricing pressures.

02 November 2016
Over 1 million treated with highly effective hepatitis C medicines

Over one million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago.

27 October 2016
World Health Organization
A promising Hep C program seems to be working — and it could be a model for other countries

Georgia, a country nestled against the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia with a population of 3.7 million, has since taken on a public health effort to help reduce its prevalence of hepatitis C (HCV for short) by 90% by 2020.

24 October 2016
Business Insider
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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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