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US: Prime Therapeutics breaks from competition, strikes deals to prefer both Harvoni, Viekira hepatitis C drugs

The agreements place both Gilead’s Harvoni® and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak® on Prime’s preferred drug list (formulary), meaning members can more easily get the medicine they need to feel better and live well.

Published
13 January 2015
From
Prime Therapeutics press release
Merck speeds up drug-submission plans for hep C, lung cancer

Merck said it planned to file an application with the FDA in the first half of the year for marketing approval for grazoprevir/elbasvir, a new two-drug, single-pill combination to treat hepatitis C.

Published
13 January 2015
From
Reuters
Spaniards rally over hepatitis C drugs

Thousands of people, diagnosed with hepatitis C, have rallied in several cities across Spain to urge the government to make it easier for patients with this disease to access the latest-generation medicines.

Published
12 January 2015
From
Press TV
Gay men are better at predicting when they won’t have sex than when they will

A study in which a group of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men from New York were asked to predict each day whether they would have sex the

Published
12 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
VA, DoD spend more than $450M on costly hepatitis drug

One of the costliest drugs on the market threatens the Veterans Affairs Department's health budget — to the point that the department, which added the medication to its formulary in April, provides it to only the sickest patients who need it.

Published
09 January 2015
From
USA Today
Bending the Curve: Can New York End Its AIDS Epidemic?

In June of 2014, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to the NYS Plan to End AIDS. The plan offers great hope and makes HIV once again an important public health priority. But phrases like "the end of AIDS" must be met with pause. To have any chance of success, any plan will require major efforts by multiple sectors of society.

Published
08 January 2015
From
The Body
South Africa secures 'world's lowest prices' for HIV drugs

The Department of Health will be paying the lowest prices in the world in its next HIV/AIDS drug tender, despite not pushing prices down as far as it had hoped, it said on Monday.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Business Day
Zimbabwe: Govt introduces new HIV treatment

The Zimbabwean government is with effect from this month switching all people on HIV treatment to a new one of one tablet per day from the previous three pills to make it easier for patients not to default on taking medication. The new single tablet has a combination of three drugs (Tenofovir/Lamivudine/Efavirenz TLE), a departure from the previous complicated treatment of three different tablets namely Tenofovir, Lovovidine and Nevirapine (TLN).

Published
07 January 2015
From
NewZimbabwe.com
Fifteen HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015

They come from different cultures and regions of the world, but these fifteen HIV activists all share one important trait: a fierce devotion to HIV issues and a commitment to leave their mark on 2015.

Published
07 January 2015
From
MarkSKing.com
Who’s to blame for misuse of HIV drugs in Kenya?

Reports of sex workers misusing HIV drugs have left activists wondering if the government invested enough in HIV education before purchasing medicine, worth 4 billion Kenyan shilling. Many sex workers say clients prefer to have unprotected sex and will pay more money for it. This being a business, the women often choose to have unprotected sex, then rush to a public hospital for post-exposure prophylaxis medication, claiming they have been raped or had a burst condom. Some sex workers have also expressed uncertainties about the sustainability of the project, so they go to different hospitals and stockpile the medication, just in case it is no longer available in public hospitals.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Key Correspondents

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