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NHS England agrees funding for life-saving hepatitis C drug

NHS England has approved an £18.7 million investment in a new drug for the treatment of hepatitis C. Around 500 patients with acute liver failure, and/or awaiting liver transplantation, are expected to benefit from the decision to fund Sofosbuvir.

Published
17 April 2014
From
NHS England (press release)
South Africa: ARV Programme Saves 780 000 Lives

South Africa's HIV antiretroviral treatment programme saved 780 000 lives between 2003 and 2012, according to a recently released independent review. But the tuberculosis programme is failing to meet targets.

Published
14 April 2014
From
Health-e
India: Govt HIV treatment programme completes 10 years

The anti-retroviral treatment (ART) covers 768,000 people but challenges in tackling the AIDS virus remain.

Published
11 April 2014
From
Live Mint
Can we provide point-of-care viral load tests in poor countries?

It is not impossible to provide mobile, point-of-care viral load tests in resource-poor settings, the 2014 Treatment as Prevention workshop in Vancouver heard last week. By using a number

Published
10 April 2014
By
Gus Cairns
WHO recommends global use of newest hepatitis C drugs, urges price reductions

The World Health Organization has issued global treatment guidelines for hepatitis C, strongly recommending the use of the new direct-acting antivirals sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) with ribavirin for genotypes 1,

Published
09 April 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
Nano-sized drug particles to expand HIV treatment further

Research at the University of Liverpool could benefit millions of HIV patients in developing countries through a nano-technology programme aimed at making drug treatment more effective.

Published
09 April 2014
From
Medical Xpress
WHO joins clamour to make new hepatitis C pills affordable

The World Health Organisation wants a "concerted effort" to drive down the cost of new hepatitis C drugs that offer a cure for the liver-destroying virus but are unaffordable for most infected people worldwide.

Published
09 April 2014
From
Reuters
WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines

WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year.

Published
09 April 2014
From
World Health Organization
WHO Hepatitis Treatment Guidelines: UNITAID Urges Efforts to Improve Diagnosis as Key to Increase Access to Medicines

Developing simpler, quicker and more affordable viral load technologies is the key to vastly improved management of the hepatitis C virus.

Published
09 April 2014
From
UNITAID
Gilead Sciences: How serious is the pricing problem?

There really isn’t much precedent at all for branded companies competing on price in a MAJOR (~double digit) way. Plenty of companies play around with rebates and discounts, but it’s rare that the net price difference between major brands is more than a few percentage points.

Published
09 April 2014
From
Barron's
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