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  • Paying drugs services for success leads to fewer successful treatments

    A flagship government drug treatment initiative appears to have backfired in England, where pilot payment-by-results areas have registered fewer successful treatment completions and more prospective patients declining treatment.

    24 June 2015 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • £200m cuts to public health: the situation is getting serious

    The announcement reinforces the view that public health functions including prevention remain nice-to-have but non-essential. Interventions to address smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse cannot be seen as an added extra for health budgets. Why is the message on focusing on prevention not getting through?

    16 June 2015 | Nuffield Trust
  • NHS England announces 'huge investment' for new hepatitis C treatments

    “This is a huge new investment,” says Richard Jeavons, NHS England’s director of specialised services. “That’s why we’re also running a competitive tendering process in parallel, to seek to bring down the price of these very expensive new drugs.”

    16 June 2015 | The Pharmaceutical Journal
  • Q&A: How do I safely use PreP if I buy it online?

    Anyone getting PrEP drugs outside normal NHS channels in the UK should still be doing this with the knowledge of a doctor. This highlight the urgency for the NHS to provide support for PrEP in sexual health clinics.

    15 June 2015 | HIV i-Base
  • Tory MP Mike Freer to chair cross-party HIV group

    Mike Freer, the MP for Finchley and Golders Green and former Conservative Party Vice Chair, was last week elected to chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS.

    15 June 2015 | Pink News
  • Sexual health services under threat following £200m public health funding cut

    The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) expresses serious concern in response to the recent announcement that £200m will be cut from the local authority public health budget and highlights the implications that this is likely to have on the delivery of specialist, clinical sexual health services.

    12 June 2015 | British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
  • NHS England stumps up £190m for hep C therapy

    NHS England has agreed to invest a whopping £190 million this year in new treatments for hepatitis C, so that patients with liver cirrhosis can finally get NHS access to AbbVie’s new interferon-free antiviral regimen as well as Gilead’s Sovaldi and Harvoni, and thus hope for a cure.

    12 June 2015 | Pharma Times
  • Douglas Carswell says Nigel Farage was 'mean-spirited and wrong' about HIV

    Tensions at the heart of Ukip resurface as Douglas Carswell attacks Nigel Farage for suggesting foreign patients with Aids should not be treated on the NHS.

    01 June 2015 | The Telegraph
  • Scotland must extend PrEP, not wait for HIV vaccine

    Charities across Scotland and the UK called upon the government for access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an effective means of preventing HIV infection. George Valiotis, CEO of HIV Scotland, told KaleidoScot: “We need to see leadership from Scottish Government on making access to PrEP a reality. The steps needed to make it happen must be clarified, and action taken to speed the process up.

    19 May 2015 | KaleidoScot
  • HIV Positive Votes in the General Election 2015

    A summary of each party's policies on health issues.

    01 May 2015 | LASS
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