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Dr Steve Taylor: Why Privatisation Is Killing the NHS

I thought it would be useful to share with you the effects which the Health and Social Care Act are having on our NHS, and how privatisation is taking doctors and nurses away from frontline care, turning valued colleagues into the competition, and potentially jeopardising the HIV and sexual health services that we have spent years trying to build.

Published
24 September 2014
From
Huffington Post
As Gilead Mulls Price of Next Hepatitis C Drug, Top Activist Refutes "Bogus" Math

Sovaldi, the hepatitis C drug that costs US$1,000 a pill and US$84,000 for a full course of treatment, is about to look a little bit more reasonable by comparison. According to industry analysts, the price for Gilead's next hepatitis C drug (a combination of Sovaldi and the experimental drug ledipasvir), which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may approve as soon as next month, could come with a price tag of US$95,000 for a course of treatment.

Published
24 September 2014
From
TheBody.com
New Study Identifies Alternative Options for Funding HIV Programs

Donor funding for HIV programs has flattened in recent years, threatening to stall the progress of HIV programs worldwide and presenting new challenges for low and middle-income countries where HIV prevalence is high. A new paper published in BMC Public Health identifies strategies for funding HIV programs that do not depend on donors.

Published
24 September 2014
From
Abt Associates press release
Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki?

Has South African president Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/AIDS more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise.

Published
23 September 2014
From
Africa Check
Denmark and Netherlands launch fund for sexual health groups

A €15m (£12m) fund to support small, grassroots organisations that are defending sexual and reproductive health and rights was launched in New York on Monday.

Published
23 September 2014
From
The Guardian
Southern states are now epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the US

The original face of AIDS was that of a middle-class, often white, gay man living in New York or San Francisco. That picture has changed over time as people of color have become disproportionately affected by the epidemic. Today, the face of AIDS is black or Latino, poor, often rural — and Southern.

Published
23 September 2014
From
Washington Post
US: CDC Posts 2014 State HIV Prevention Progress Report

A new report shows that a number of states have already met or exceeded the national goals for 2015 for some indicators, the results show the need for improvement on one or more indicators in each and every state. In addition, overall, there is a wide gap in the results between states on most measures, indicating that people in some states are not benefiting equally from advances in HIV care and prevention.

Published
23 September 2014
From
blog.aids.gov
Gilead Sciences: A Preview of Important HIV Drug Study Results

Gilead is running nine phase III studies involving tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), which reflects the importance of the drug to Gilead's future HIV business. It is collecting an enormous amount of clinical data in which to make the case that TAF should be a preferred backbone drug for new and existing HIV patients, as well as patients who cannot use Viread because of pre-existing kidney conditions.

Published
23 September 2014
From
The Street
Hepatitis C: Sit in of European patients to request access to new medicines, on occasion of the informal meeting of European Health Ministers in Milan

In support of the Call to EU Ministers of Health and CEOs of Abbvie, BMS, Gilead, Janssen and Merck/MSD regarding Universal Access to Curative Hepatitis C Treatment in the EU an beyond (attached), EPAC, Lila and Nadir with the support of the subscribers of the call, organized a “Sit-In” of people living with hepatitis C and their allies on the 22nd of September, at the Mico Conference Center, in Milan, starting at 11:20 am, to advocate for, and demand, a clear political and public health commitment and leadership from the twenty eight member states of the European Union

Published
22 September 2014
From
EATG
Zimbabwe government to scale up anti-retroviral therapy services

Wallace Mawire reports from Zimbabwe on the Ministry of Health and Child Care's plans to scale up anti-retroviral therapy services by the end of 2014, amid concerns over the current huge deficit.

Published
22 September 2014
From
Key Correspondents

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