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  • Letters: High price of Osborne's public health cuts

    Lord Fowler: Increased spending on the health service generally, announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement, is very welcome, but the same cannot be said of the 4 per cent reduction in spending on public health.

    4 hours ago | The Independent
  • Modeling the global HIV treatment funding gap for 2020 targets

    With currently projected funding, countries around the world are unlikely to achieve the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 treatment target according to a modeling study publishing this week in PLOS Medicine.

    27 November 2015 | EurekAlert
  • Spending Review 2015: Our reaction

    Further cuts to public health mean severe deterioration of sexual health and drug services.

    26 November 2015 | National AIDS Trust
  • Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment

    The overall budget needed to treat HCV with these new treatments is not huge and is reasonable when compared with the cost of HIV treatment. The discounted lifetime cost of treating 1 person with HIV in the U.S. is $315,000 in 2014 U.S. dollars. The corresponding cost of curing HCV with oral DAAs is $58,000 -- which is only 18 percent of the total HIV treatment cost. Note these two unlike words: treating and curing.

    23 November 2015 | Huffington Post
  • Nigeria: Dwindling Funds, Dearth of Personnel Impede Fight Against HIV/Aids

    A total of 3.2 million persons are currently living with HIV in Nigeria, making the national HIV prevalence rate to stand at 3.2%. The current prevalence rate represents a drop from the 3.5% prevalence statistics recorded in the country over the last decade, thanks to the financial and technical assistance from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). However unless urgent steps are taken by the Federal Government to take full ownership of funding and supply of commodities and drugs for management of the epidemic, the gains made, especially in the reversal of spread of the virus through Prevention of Mother to Child transmission may collapse, leading to resurgence and new deaths.

    17 November 2015 |
  • AIDS Groups Urge Feds to Prevent Discrimination in Health Care Plans

    The 'I Am Essential' coalition wants to ensure, for example, that health insurance plans cannot place all HIV meds in the highest cost tier.

    17 November 2015 | Poz magazine news
  • Pricing Pressures: How the Business of Medicine Affects the Price of Therapy

    Through a series of interviews with HCV Next, the manufacturers addressed the basics of how they arrived at the price for the drugs and combinations. Insurance experts discussed the specifics of coverage and how the Affordable Care Act is changing the game. Payers offered insight on their own role in the increasingly competitive arena.

    16 November 2015 | Healio HCV Next
  • Medicare will spend $9 billion on Hepatitis-C drugs this year

    Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures. That’s raising insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting viral disease.

    16 November 2015 | PBS NewsHour
  • High Cost of HIV Meds, Other Drugs Should Be Top Presidential Concern, Most Americans Say

    Rising drug costs, particularly for medications that treat chronic infections such as HIV, will likely be a hot-button issue during the 2016 presidential election cycle, according to a new poll from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The survey reveals strong support across party lines for governmental action to ensure that drugs are affordable for those who need them.

    11 November 2015 | The Body
  • Cuts to local authority public health budgets threaten vital services and the sustainability of the NHS

    The Department of Health have announced plans to go ahead with their proposed cut to the public health budget in England. There will be a flat rate cut across all local authority public health budgets in England.

    11 November 2015 | Faculty of Public Health
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