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Bedaquiline price protests hit World Lung Conference launch

As the opening ceremony of the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health kicked off in the Netherlands last night, protesting activists demanded Johnson & Johnson (J&J) slash its price for the blockbuster tuberculosis (TB) drug, bedaquiline.

Published
26 October 2018
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Health-e
Patients 'may need to stockpile own drugs if no-deal Brexit looms'

Patients should consider stockpiling their own drugs if it looks likely the UK will leave the EU with no deal, the pharmaceuticals industry has said, telling MPs that such a scenario could be “catastrophic” for medicine supplies and necessitate emergency powers.

Published
23 October 2018
From
The Guardian
Johnson & Johnson prices keep key TB medicines out of reach

As US pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) continues to charge high prices for its newer tuberculosis (TB) drug bedaquiline, people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are forced to go without the best possible treatments, according to a new report—DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope—released today by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague. J&J should cut the price of bedaquiline in half so more lives can be saved, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF.

Published
23 October 2018
From
MSF
The health innovation system is ‘broken’ and failing patients

NHS patients are being let down by a global health innovation system which fails to deliver the treatments they need at prices that government can afford, according to a new report led by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), in collaboration with STOPAIDS, Global Justice Now and Just Treatment.

Published
18 October 2018
From
STOP AIDS
South Africa: Shortage of HIV/Aids drugs turning into ‘national crisis’

ARVs and contraceptives have run out across the country in ‘a crisis that has been developing over the past two months’, the Stop Stockout Project claims.

Published
16 October 2018
From
The Citizen
Impatient patients turn to online 'buyers club' for new drugs

Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker that bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club. While regulators warn of the risk of buying drugs online, the Amsterdam-based Social Medwork sees its network of trusted suppliers as filling a gap in the market for the latest drugs against diseases such as cancer, migraine and multiple sclerosis.

Published
03 October 2018
From
Reuters
Desperate border crossings, as Venezuela runs short of HIV drugs

Venezuela's economic meltdown has triggered the biggest exodus of people in modern Latin American history.

Published
03 October 2018
From
Reuters
Community ART groups: bringing HIV treatment closer to patient's homes and to communities in conflict

Charles Ssonko of Médecins sans Frontières describes the role of community groups in maintaining access to antiretroviral drugs for patients in Central African Republic, even under the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

Published
03 October 2018
From
PLoS Blogs
Fears over HIV drugs in event of ‘no deal’ Brexit

Healthcare advocates highlight concerns over slower access to the newest HIV drugs when the UK leaves the European Union next year

Published
02 October 2018
From
Gay Star News
Brexit, health care, and life sciences: plan for the worst

Negotiations continue between the UK and the EU27 for Brexit plans. Deal or no deal, leaders in health care, pharmaceutical, and life sciences are covering all bases. Becky McCall reports.

Published
28 September 2018
From
The Lancet (requires free registration)
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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