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Revolutionary PrEP program in Illinois halted by governor before launch

In December 2014 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) publicly unveiled a program aimed at increasing access to the drug Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help HIV-negative people remain uninfected. But shortly after Governor Bruce Rauner took office, he issued an Executive Order that halted all “nonessential” spending in Illinois, which included PrEP4Illinois.

Published
12 April 2015
From
AIDS Chicago
The Angry Fallout from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal

Michael Weinstein, the polarizing and famously litigious head of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just got a taste of his own medicine when a stunning Whistleblower lawsuit against AHF filed last year was unsealed and made public. The suit, brought by three former staffers who claim they were fired when they raised questions of financial impropriety, charges the agency with ten counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and a “multi-State kickback scheme”.

Published
10 April 2015
From
My Fabulous Disease
Lawsuit Claims AHF Defrauds Federal Programs of $20M a Year

In a whistleblower lawsuit, three ex-employees of AIDS Healthcare Foundation allege that AHF is guilty of illegal patient-referral kickbacks.

Published
09 April 2015
From
Poz magazine news
Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
Leading drugs charity DrugScope to close due to lack of funds

DrugScope, the UK’s leading independent centre of drug and drug abuse expertise, is to close due to a lack of funds.

Published
31 March 2015
From
The Guardian
Canada: PrEP use now could save considerable sums in the future

A Canadian paper that weighs the cost of using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infections against the lifetime total cost of one HIV infection finds that,

Published
20 March 2015
By
Gus Cairns
England government unveils £650k in new HIV spending

The English Government has revealed that £800,000 of new money will be spent on HIV prevention, and to reduce the numbers of late diagnoses. A new £500,000 innovation fund was unveiled, which has been administered by Public Health England (PHE), and will allow small organisations to bid for funding of up to £50,000.

Published
13 March 2015
From
Pink News
NAT (National AIDS Trust) ‘deeply concerned’ about the impact of upheaval and delay in national HIV prevention spending

The Department of Health has announced its plans for investment in HIV prevention for 2015-16. 

Published
13 March 2015
From
NAT press release
From the Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has distributed billions of dollars in grants to improve health and living conditions in developing countries, is increasingly expanding its tool kit, using some of its capital to invest directly in companies that could help advance its goals.

Published
13 March 2015
From
New York Times
Hepatitis C pills drive surge in U.S. drug costs: report

Highly effective but expensive new pills to treat hepatitis C drove a 13.1 percent increase U.S. prescription drug spending in 2014, the fastest rate of increase in more than a decade, according to Express Scripts.

Published
12 March 2015
From
Reuters
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