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Costs to public of $84,000 hep C drug ‘outrageous' - Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, the biggest U.S. health maintenance organization, said it is using Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, even though its $84,000 treatment price is "outrageous."

Published
03 April 2014
From
Reuters
Industry-Led Tiered-Pricing or Country-Led, Real Equitable Access – the Global Fund’s Task Force Proposal Get Worse Instead of Better

On or about March 18, 2014, a third draft of the renamed “equitable access” proposal was released by Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, to partners for further input. If anything, this third draft, the text of which is attached , is worse than the previous two drafts:

Published
02 April 2014
From
Infojustice.org
International HIV as Prevention Workshop: Day 1 summary

This year’s International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop began with an opening roundtable session that gathered high-level delegates from across the globe. The goal of the panel: to bring together the key national decision-makers and pivotal international partners to explore the importance of new HIV treatment targets.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Treatment as Prevention Workshop
SA has highest number of new HIV infections worldwide - survey

With over 400 000 new HIV infections occurring in 2012, South Africa ranks first in HIV incidence in the world, says an HSRC survey.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Mail & Guardian
Forgotten Negatives: The Limits of Treatment as Prevention

The CDC’s High-Impact Prevention strategy takes aim at the stubborn HIV incidence rate in the United States. The only problem: it doesn’t include an ambitious plan for those at risk for the virus.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Treatment Action Group
How ACA affects vulnerable Americans living with HIV/AIDS

A series of papers recently published examines how the Affordable Care Act could affect two sectors of the most vulnerable Americans -- those living with HIV/AIDS and people who have recently cycled through jail.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Science Daily
Big Pharma Abandons New Tuberculosis Drug Research

Three major pharmaceutical companies - AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer - have recently delayed or canceled clinical trials for testing tuberculosis (TB) drugs in India and South Africa. Activists say this is symbolic of a trend by Big Pharma to abandon research into diseases that affect poor people.

Published
02 April 2014
From
CorpWatch.org
Viiv Healthcare licenses dolutegravir (Tivicay) to Medicines Patent Pool

The collaboration with MPP includes two distinct approaches to improve access for adults living with HIV in the developing world: first, a royalty-free voluntary licence in all least-developed, all low-income and all sub-Saharan African countries; second, for specific middle-income countries including India, ViiV Healthcare has established the first-ever MPP licence with a tiered royalty structure, where a small percentage of the sale price is paid based on the gross domestic product (GDP) of the specific country.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Viiv Healthcare press release
Janssen Submits New Drug Application to U.S. FDA for a Fixed-Dose Combination Tablet of HIV-1 Medicine Darunavir with Cobicistat as Part of Combination HIV Therapy

"Darunavir is the most prescribed HIV protease inhibitor in the United States and we are excited to be taking this important step in our efforts to offer it with an alternative boosting agent in a fixed-dose combination tablet," said Johan van Hoof, M.D., Therapeutic Area Head, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Janssen.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Janssen press release
HIV Testing Counselor Sells 'Truvada Whore' Shirts For AIDS Charity

Adam Zebowski, an HIV test counselor at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is selling #TruvadaWhore t-shirts at a Kickstarter-style site to help meet his AIDS/Lifecycle fundraising goal of $3000.

Published
01 April 2014
From
Towelroad (blog)

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