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Greed and the Necessity for Regulation

The story of U.S. drug pricing run amok isn’t just about corporate arrogance and avarice—it is also about government permissiveness and inaction

Published
02 April 2016
From
TAG
GSK eases IP rights for poorest countries, considers patent pooling for cancer

As the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines initiative continues its work, the GlaxoSmithKline company today announced steps to further help bring innovative medicines to poor countries.

Published
02 April 2016
From
Intellectual Property Watch
The Department Of Health Doesn't Know Who's Responsible For The HIV Prevention Drug

Last week, NHS England said it wouldn’t provide the drug that blocks HIV because it’s not responsible for doing so. But who is? BuzzFeed News went in search of answers.

Published
01 April 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
NHS England to provide funding for Janssen's HIV treatment, REZOLSTA

Janssen-Cilag Ltd (Janssen) today announced that NHS England (NHSE) will provide crucial funding for its once-daily, fixed-dose combination of darunavir and the pharmacoenhancer, cobicistat, called REZOLSTA® (darunavir/cobicistat).

Published
01 April 2016
From
News-Medical.net
The PrEP debate gains momentum: Dr Mags Portman on the NHS refusal to fund PrEP

This week has seen a landmark shift in the pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) debate in England. Following 18 months of work with key stakeholders, including clinicians, commissioners and community advocates, NHS England (NHSE) announced that it was no longer able to fund a significant PrEP rollout; the outcome the Clinical Reference Group (CRG) thought that they had been working towards.

Published
30 March 2016
From
BMJ Blogs
Statement on the provision of PrEP and PEP

The Association of Directors of Public Health is calling for NHS England to commission a national programme for PrEP and for their commissioning of PEP to include the open access sexual health services commissioned by local authorities... Correspondence from NHS England to local authority commissioners makes it clear that they will not reimburse PEP provided by local authorities' sexual health services.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Association of Directors of Public Health
New Travel Horizons: Hepatitis C Tourism From China

Chinese people in the past have gone to the U.S. to for cancer treatment and have snatched up cold medicine and painkillers on trips to Japan. Chinese now go overseas for another medical purpose: curing their liver diseases.

Published
30 March 2016
From
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Mortgages For Expensive Health Care? Some Experts Think It Can Work

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist and Harvard oncologist have a proposal to get highly effective but prohibitively expensive drugs into consumers’ hands: health care installment loans.

Published
29 March 2016
From
Kaiser Health News
Skyhigh drug prices made Romania mull unusual path

The country would have been the first to use compulsory licensing to lower Hepatitis C costs. But then politics intervened.

Published
29 March 2016
From
Politico
US: The Office of National AIDS Policy director, Douglas Brooks, is leaving his post—here’s what it means

Today, Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, announced that he will step down from his position as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).

Published
29 March 2016
From
BETA blog

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