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NHS England tried to sabotage hepatitis C drugs release because it couldn't afford them, doctors claim

NHS England tried to sabotage the release of hepatitis C drugs because it couldn't afford them, it has been claimed. Under current procedures, drugs approved by Nice typically become widely available to NHS patients after a statutory period of 90 days. However, the BMJ claims: “In an apparent panic over high prices and affordability, NHS England deployed many delaying tactics to block timely access to the hepatitis C drugs.”

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18 hours ago
From
The Independent
As EU Approval Moves Closer Are Governments Prepared For PrEP?

On Friday the EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced its positive opinion on Gilead’s HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis product Truvada PrEP. But with many European governments trying to control healthcare costs, the biggest issue facing Truvada PrEP might not be approval but rather reimbursement.

Published
27 July 2016
From
Seeking Alpha
Reducing clinic visits can support retention in HIV care, African studies show

Interventions which reduce the need for people to attend clinics are proving highly successful in retaining people in care and supporting adherence to HIV medication in southern

Published
26 July 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Mapping local HIV epidemics can help target resources to areas with the greatest need

Global health agencies have recently put a new emphasis on geography. UNAIDS have called for programmes to focus on “location and population”. PEPFAR (The US President's Emergency

Published
26 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Women with HIV have higher risk of loss to follow-up and death after delivery

Despite the widespread implementation of Option B+ (lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for pregnant and breastfeeding women regardless of CD4 cell count) postpartum HIV-positive women remain at higher risk

Published
26 July 2016
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Phone and home visit follow-up and appointment trackers improve retention in HIV care for pregnant women and new mothers

Phone and home visit follow-ups, improved use of appointment books to track attendance and patient-held appointment calendars resulted in significant increases in retention in care among HIV-positive pregnant

Published
26 July 2016
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Implementation of the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS discussed at International AIDS Conference

In June 2016, United Nations Member States committed to implementing a bold agenda to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. The progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration includes a set of specific, time-bound targets and actions that must be achieved by 2020 to get on the Fast-Track and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Published
25 July 2016
From
UNAIDS
'Test and treat': large study fails to show an impact on new HIV infections

The first major research study of ‘test and treat’ as a public health intervention to report its final results has found that the strategy failed to reduce

Published
23 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Earlier HIV treatment is not over-burdening health services

Earlier treatment initiation is not overwhelming rural health services in South Africa, but changes in treatment eligibility criteria alone may not increase the number of people on

Published
22 July 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
South Africa: All HIV Positive Inmates to Receive Treatment

All HIV positive inmates in South Africa's correctional centres will from September this year receive life-saving antiretroviral drugs, irrespective of their CD4 count.

Published
22 July 2016
From
AllAfrica
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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