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Zimbabwe: Stealing Lives

Exposing the trade in stolen drugs that is costing the lives of tens of thousands of HIV/AIDS sufferers in Zimbabwe.

Published
24 November 2014
From
Al Jazeera (video)
UNAIDS reports that reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030

If the world does not rapidly scale up in the next five years, the epidemic is likely to spring back with a higher rate of new HIV infections than today, UNAIDS says.

Published
19 November 2014
From
UNAIDS
NHS asks Nice to delay ground-breaking hepatitis C drug

Nice is due to finish its final assessment of sofosbuvir in January. It is usual for them to give the NHS three months to find the money or put staff – if needed – in place. NHS England is thought to have asked them to delay this by six months.

Published
19 November 2014
From
Channel 4 News (blog)
Pharmaceutical Industry Doing More to Improve Access to Medicine in Developing Countries; Performance on Some Aspects Lags

The world's leading pharmaceutical companies are doing more to improve access to medicine in developing countries, with a raft of new initiatives, scale-ups and innovations over the last two years. However, the industry struggles to perform well in some practices that matter, according to the 2014 Access to Medicine Index, published Monday. GSK tops the Index for the fourth time. This is driven by robust performance across most areas, with several innovative practices. Novo Nordisk has made the most progress, improving in five of the seven areas the Index focuses on. This has resulted in a remarkable leap from 6th to 2nd place. Sanofi and Pfizer fell down the ranking most significantly.

Published
18 November 2014
From
Access to Medicine Index
South Africa: SA Can Overcome HIV Challenge - Deputy President

South Africa has the ability and resolve to overcome the challenge of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.

Published
11 November 2014
From
AllAfrica.com
HIV generics in the U.S.: Sooner or later?

Why do we continue to spend billions of dollars for brand-name drugs that are available in cheaper generic forms in the developing world -- billions that end up as profits for pharmaceutical industry?

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Body
Problems with test and treat in Thailand

The Thai government has announced that the national policy is test and treat. There are several problems with this.

Published
05 November 2014
From
HIV Information for Myanmar (blog)
UK has 'signed a death warrant' for South Africans with HIV-Aids

One of the world’s leading Aids activists has accused Britain of “signing a death warrant” for South Africans in need of treatment after withdrawing aid from the Treatment Action Campaign, which now faces ruin.

Published
05 November 2014
From
The Guardian
Bristol-Myers Plan to Widen Access to its Hep C Drug is Criticized

“Unfortunately, history seems to be repeating itself with BMS, who hasn’t learned from the company’s poor track record responding to the HIV epidemic,” says Rohit Malpani of Doctors Without Borders.

Published
05 November 2014
From
Wall Street Journal
Nigeria: HIV Positive Persons Barricade NACA to Protest Living Conditions

People living with HIV/AIDS, yesterday laid siege at the entrance of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Abuja, to protest what they described as their poor condition of living, which they said, has increased their mortality rate to 20,000 every month.

Published
04 November 2014
From
AllAfrica
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