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Progress report on promises made to improve South Africa’s health services

Over the last three years South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has made several promises to improve health care in his annual state of the nation address. This includes fighting TB, improving life expectancy and reducing maternal, infant and under five mortality. Health and Medicine Editor Candice Bailey asked a panel of academics to assess whether the promises have been kept.

Published
11 February 2016
From
The Conversation
Bono, HIV/AIDS and public opinion: Correcting the record

Bono said that the "public thinks AIDS is done -- it’s not done." There's an obvious bit of rhetorical flourish in Bono's comments, but independent polling does show that the public sees AIDS as less of a threat both at home and overseas than it once did. However, people still rank it rather high on the global health agenda and believe America should continue to help developing nations deal with it.

Published
11 February 2016
From
PolitiFact
Pharma company Viiv’s attempt to secure patents for key HIV drugs dolutegravir and cabotegravir opposed in India

People living with HIV have opposed patent applications in India for two important HIV medicines, dolutegravir and cabotegravir. Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) supports these ‘patent oppositions,’ which have been filed to challenge an attempt by ViiV Healthcare (a joint venture by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline) to obtain monopoly rights in India while several of its patent claims are questionable according to Indian patentability criteria.

Published
11 February 2016
From
Médecins Sans Frontières
Are States Obligated To Provide Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?

A handful of federal lawsuits against states that have denied highly effective but costly hepatitis C drugs to Medicaid patients and prisoners could cost states hundreds of millions of dollars.

Published
10 February 2016
From
Kaiser Health News
How the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Boosts Health Insurance Access

An annual ADAP report shows the program serving 139,000 clients in June 2015 with a total budget of $2.24 billion.

Published
10 February 2016
From
Poz magazine news
Abbott inks $5.8B deal for Alere to expand in point-of-care diagnostics

Abbott has landed on its next purchase, snatching up diagnostics outfit Alere to bulk up in point-of-care diagnostics and expand its international reach.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Fierce Medical Devices
African Americans have highest HIV incidence, lowest rate of consistent care

African Americans in the US have the highest rate of new HIV infections, but black people living with HIV are less likely than white or Latino

Published
08 February 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Fair Pricing Coalition Recognizes Merck’s Lower Price for Curative Hepatitis C Treatment, Calls for Manufacturers to Reduce Excessive Prices and Increase Patient Assistance

The Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) today expressed appreciation for Merck’s & Co. Inc.’s decision to launch its new curative hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, Zepatier, at a price below existing HCV treatments in a tacit acknowledgement that existing high prices have hurt patients and are untenable for the market. Zepatier’s $54,600 list price is lower than the egregious prices for Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni ($94,500) and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak ($83,319), and represents a step in the right direction.

Published
08 February 2016
From
Fair Pricing Coalition
Women under-represented in HIV clinical trials

Less than a quarter of people taking part in clinical trials for antiretroviral medications are women, potentially limiting the generalisability of findings, according to a systematic review

Published
08 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
CDC: Blacks with HIV less likely to receive consistent medical care

Blacks with HIV are less likely than whites and Hispanics to receive consistent medical care, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published
05 February 2016
From
Atlanta Journal Constitution
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