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Paying drugs services for success leads to fewer successful treatments

A flagship government drug treatment initiative appears to have backfired in England, where pilot payment-by-results areas have registered fewer successful treatment completions and more prospective patients declining treatment.

Published
24 June 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
£200m cuts to public health: the situation is getting serious

The announcement reinforces the view that public health functions including prevention remain nice-to-have but non-essential. Interventions to address smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse cannot be seen as an added extra for health budgets. Why is the message on focusing on prevention not getting through?

Published
16 June 2015
From
Nuffield Trust
NHS England announces 'huge investment' for new hepatitis C treatments

“This is a huge new investment,” says Richard Jeavons, NHS England’s director of specialised services. “That’s why we’re also running a competitive tendering process in parallel, to seek to bring down the price of these very expensive new drugs.”

Published
16 June 2015
From
The Pharmaceutical Journal
Q&A: How do I safely use PreP if I buy it online?

Anyone getting PrEP drugs outside normal NHS channels in the UK should still be doing this with the knowledge of a doctor. This highlight the urgency for the NHS to provide support for PrEP in sexual health clinics.

Published
15 June 2015
From
HIV i-Base
Tory MP Mike Freer to chair cross-party HIV group

Mike Freer, the MP for Finchley and Golders Green and former Conservative Party Vice Chair, was last week elected to chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS.

Published
15 June 2015
From
Pink News
Sexual health services under threat following £200m public health funding cut

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) expresses serious concern in response to the recent announcement that £200m will be cut from the local authority public health budget and highlights the implications that this is likely to have on the delivery of specialist, clinical sexual health services.

Published
12 June 2015
From
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
NHS England stumps up £190m for hep C therapy

NHS England has agreed to invest a whopping £190 million this year in new treatments for hepatitis C, so that patients with liver cirrhosis can finally get NHS access to AbbVie’s new interferon-free antiviral regimen as well as Gilead’s Sovaldi and Harvoni, and thus hope for a cure.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Pharma Times
Provision of PrEP in the UK will be cost-effective for gay men at high risk of HIV, model finds

A cost-effectiveness model of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men based on the data from the PROUD study, and adapted to the UK epidemic, finds that

Published
01 June 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Douglas Carswell says Nigel Farage was 'mean-spirited and wrong' about HIV

Tensions at the heart of Ukip resurface as Douglas Carswell attacks Nigel Farage for suggesting foreign patients with Aids should not be treated on the NHS.

Published
01 June 2015
From
The Telegraph
High lifetime costs of treating HIV show importance of investing in prevention

The lifetime cost for treating one HIV infection in the UK is almost £380,000, according to a model published in the online journal PLOS One. Switching to generic

Published
27 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
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