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  • PrEPline Provides Clinicians With Advice On New HIV Prevention Tool

    A new telephone consultation service was launched earlier this month to provide free, expert advice to clinicians across the United States about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    19 hours ago | AIDS.gov
  • How Will Generic Drugs Affect HIV Treatment in the U.S.?

    In the U.S., in that many of the antiretroviral drugs that are commonly used today are approaching their patent expirations. So we can begin to conceptualize the use of generics in the U.S. and the potential cost savings. An Interview With Treatment Action Group's Tim Horn.

    20 hours ago | The Body
  • Why Did AIDS Activists Go to Geneva to Cite U.S. HIV/AIDS Policies as a Form of Racial Discrimination?

    "It is important for activists to use whatever means are at our disposal -- including public embarrassment of the U.S. -- to fight all forms of discrimination," says Kenyon Farrow, the U.S. & Global Health Policy Director with Treatment Action Group (TAG).

    29 October 2014 | The Body
  • GSK eyes prime FTSE 100 slot for standalone HIV drugs business

    GlaxoSmithKline, battered by weak U.S. drug sales and a bribery scandal in China, is looking to float ViiV, its fast-growing HIV drugs business as part of a recovery plan that includes a fresh round of cost cutting.

    26 October 2014 | Reuters
  • Mark Heywood: Ebola’s rapid death march - It’s time we learnt

    Ebola and HIV are closely related in their social pathogenesis. The spread of both viruses is directly related to appalling governance of public heath systems and social inequality. Their control and treatment boils down to issues of democracy, equality and good governance.

    20 October 2014 | Daily Maverick
  • Juncker seen making U-turn on medicines policy

    Jean-Claude Juncker has ceded to pressure from MEPs and abandoned his plan to return control of medicines and pharmaceutical products to the Industry Commissioner. This responsibility will instead remain in the hands of the Health Commissioner.

    17 October 2014 | EurActiv
  • UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

    Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

    17 October 2014 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • IDWeek 2014: Behavioral and Financial Incentives May Improve HIV Treatment Outcomes

    While making medications free can remove barriers to access for individuals who cannot pay for treatment, data suggest that for most people accessing care in industrialized countries, "making medications available for free or low cost will not solve problems with medication non-adherence," according to a presentation by Kevin Volpp from the University of Pennsylvania last week at IDWeek 2014 in Philadelphia.

    16 October 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Patients' app diagnoses 'not useful'

    More patients are going to their GP and telling them what treatment they need based on information from apps and the internet, a survey has suggested. A third of the UK physicians surveyed said patients would come with suggestions for what prescription they should receive, but fewer than 5% of doctors felt it was helpful.

    02 October 2014 | BBC
  • Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

    The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

    02 October 2014 | Bangkok Post
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