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Panel: Compulsory licensing could address high-priced medicines in Europe

The high prices of medicine, which affects access to affordable medicine, was a theme of the annual World Health Assembly over the past week. In one side event, a panel discussed compulsory licensing as a vehicle to be used in combatting the high prices of medicine, not only in developing countries, but in Europe.

Published
10 hours ago
From
Intellectual Property Watch
Harm reduction for people who inject drugs in New York has worked, but hasn’t reduced racial inequality

Needle and syringe exchange and opiate substitution therapy in New York City has worked in reducing HIV infection in people who inject drugs (PWIDs) to the extent

Published
13 hours ago
By
Gus Cairns
START findings highlight treatment divide

The START data show that basing treatment initiation on immune cell count is a form of rationing. But whether, how soon, and even how the findings will change clinical practice is another question.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Science Speaks
The HIV 'emergency' isn't over, says PEPFAR chief

Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and director of the largest initiative to combat a single disease, talks data, PEPFAR's future and the AIDS emergency we still face in this video interview.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Devex
UK male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men seeking help

Survivors UK, which has received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice for the past four years to fund its counselling services, is now being placed under significant pressure at a time when tackling rape, sexual violence and child sexual abuse has become a key focus for the police and the government following the revelations of Jimmy Savile’s years of abuse.

Published
28 May 2015
From
The Independent
Motsoaledi refutes claims South Africa faces drug shortages

The health minister says the media portrays the department as failing to provide drugs for patients, but supply is also subject to business decisions.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Mail & Guardian
Consumers Sue Anthem for Denying Coverage for a Hepatitis C Drug

The controversy over the new crop of hepatitis C treatments has taken yet another turn as consumers are starting to file lawsuits against insurers that deny them access to the medicines. Over the past two weeks, two different women alleged that Anthem Blue Cross refused to pay for the Harvoni treatment sold by Gilead Sciences because it was not deemed “medically necessary.”

Published
28 May 2015
From
Wall Street Journal
UNAIDS welcomes further evidence that starting antiretroviral therapy early saves lives

“Every person living with HIV should have immediate access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Delaying access to HIV treatment under any pretext is denying the right to health.”

Published
28 May 2015
From
UNAIDS
i-Base Q&A on the START study results

On 27 May 2015, early results showed that the early treatment group did better. One of the surprises is that even at very high CD4 counts, treatment reduces the risk of HIV related illnesses.

Published
28 May 2015
From
HIV i-Base
START trial finds that early treatment improves outcomes for people with HIV

A major international randomised clinical trial has found that people living with HIV have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses

Published
27 May 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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