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'Show your passport to use the NHS', patients will be told under new guidelines

Hospitals have been issued with guidelines from the Department of Health which explain that they have a “legal obligation” to ensure they identify anyone not entitled to free treatment.

Published
13 April 2015
From
Daily Telegraph
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
General election 2015: UKIP candidate sorry for HIV tweet

UKIP's candidate in a key general election seat has been forced to apologise after she appeared to question the cost to the NHS of treating British people who are HIV positive.

Published
10 April 2015
From
BBC News
Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence

Post-study interviews and computer questionnaires conducted with former participants in a trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reported zero effectiveness show that participants concealed their low adherence to

Published
10 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Merck Faces Hep C Pricing Dilemma to Counter Gilead, Abbvie

Merck has previously stated that it will seek approval for the grazoprevir/elbasvir combination pill in the middle of the year. If approved by the end of the year or in early 2016 -- and there's probably little risk the therapy won't be approved -- Merck's dilemma will be finding a way to grab market share for a new hepatitis C therapy without any clinical or convenience advantages over the existing competition.

Published
09 April 2015
From
The Street
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
"I am one of those foreigners": living with HIV in the UK

The statement by Ukip's leader Nigel Farage that the majority of people living with HIV in the UK are foreigners, who come here to access free NHS treatment, and who should not be let in, sends shivers down my spine. I was born in Italy, I moved to the UK in the late 80’s and happened to be diagnosed with HIV in 1997.

Published
08 April 2015
From
Open Democracy
WHO Issues Guideline For Manufacturers Of Generic Hepatitis C Medicine

The World Health Organization has issued a guidance document on the design of bioequivalence studies for a leading hepatitis C medicine. Generic drug companies seeking prequalification by the WHO need to demonstrate that their generic version is equivalent to the originator drug.

Published
08 April 2015
From
Intellectual Property Watch
We Asked Foreign Born British HIV Patients About Nigel Farage's 'Health Tourist' Comments

Has Nigel Farage got a point? Can a few thousand foreign born HIV patients be held responsible for the NHS's financial black hole? I went to meet some of these HIV positive "health tourists" to find out how their holidays are going and ask whether it would be cheaper for everyone if they they just went somewhere and died.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Vice

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