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Russian HIV-Aids epidemic worsening under Kremlin policies, says expert

Head of state Aids centre says ‘conservative’ policies have failed to halt spread of HIV virus and at least two million Russians are likely to have disease in five years.

Published
15 May 2015
From
The Guardian
Moscow police detain HIV activists over drug cost picket

Police in Moscow have briefly detained eight activists who picketed outside the presidential administration's headquarters to protest the high cost of HIV treatments in Russia.

Published
14 May 2015
From
Yahoo News
Why are organizers being forced to cancel HIV Walk for Life?

It would cost more money to put on than it would raise for HIV positive people living in poverty

Published
14 May 2015
From
Gay Star News
Sanders Asks VA to Break Patents on Gilead and AbbVie Hep C Drugs

The ongoing debate over the cost of prescription drugs took another twist as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) has asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use emergency powers to break – or override – the patents on high-priced hepatitis C drugs.

Published
13 May 2015
From
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Moving Video Shows HIV-Positive Men Asking for PrEP Approval in Australia

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has released a video online featuring Australian community leaders who are living with HIV delivering a powerful message: They would still be HIV negative today if PrEP had been available to them prior to their seroconversion. The video is part of the campaign #approvePrEPdownunder, which is hoping to pressure the Australian government to approve PrEP for use in Australia.

Published
11 May 2015
From
TheBody.com
Britain has elected the most LGBTI MPs in the world

With the final votes counted and the General Election over, Britain is officially the country with the highest number of out LGBTI MPs in the world.

Published
11 May 2015
From
Gay Star News
WHO moves to improve access to lifesaving medicines for hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB and cancers

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others.

Published
11 May 2015
From
World Health Organization
Glaxo drops plans to float 'gamechanging' HIV drugs arm, favouring in-house profits

The chief executive Andrew Witty declared prospects for its HIV drugs arm had improved dramatically in the past few months, thanks to a rapid increase in sales and some new forms of medicine being on the cusp of major breakthroughs.

Published
07 May 2015
From
The Independent
Glaxo Abandons HIV-Unit Spinoff Plan, Reduces Capital Payout

GlaxoSmithKline Plc shares rose as the U.K.’s biggest drug company abandoned plans to spin off its flourishing HIV-drugs unit and reduced funds to be returned to shareholders, retaining capital for bolstering growth. The decision to retain its full stake in ViiV Healthcare, an HIV joint venture with Pfizer Inc., reflects the unit’s “very positive outlook,” Glaxo said.

Published
06 May 2015
From
Bloomberg
US guidelines shift to integrase-based combinations for first-line treatment: Atripla relegated due to side effects

The rationale for dropping Atripla is due to concerns about the tolerability of efavirenz, especially the high rate of central nervous system related toxicities. Although this has been a long-standing community concern, DHHS guidelines have consistently recommended efavirenz in previous editions. This tolerability statement is made in the year that efavirenz comes off patent.

Published
06 May 2015
From
i-Base

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