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Disagreement Over TPP’s Pharmaceutical Provision Could Derail Agreement, The Hill Reports

The Hill: Pharma flap imperils president’s trade deal “…The exact details of the pharmaceutical provision [contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership], which involves a class of drugs called biologics, won’t be made public until later this month. Still, it’s already threatening to drag out — and possibly derail — the approval…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines Reaction To Leaked TPP Pharmaceutical Chapter, Daraprim Price Increase

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: “A sweetheart deal” “deplorable” “immoral and unacceptable” “Massive victory for big pharma” … We’re reading about TPP’s pharma rules, and an update on a 5000-percent price hike Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses a leaked version of the Trans-Pacific…

Refugee Children Face Multiple Health Risks As Winter Arrives In Balkans, Aid Workers Say

Reuters: Aid workers warn looming Balkan winter threatens migrant children “…Aid workers in Serbia warn children struggling across the Balkans on their way to western Europe face serious health risks as cold winter months approach. Many children arriving here are already coughing from colds caught along the route…” (Bytyci et…

Policies Must Ensure Access To Essential Medicines

The Lancet: Essential medicines are still essential Andy L. Gray, Veronika J. Wirtz, Ellen F. M ‘t Hoen, Michael R. Reich, and Hans V. Hogerzeilemail, all members of the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies “On October 21, WHO published the full report of the 20th Expert Committee on the…

Some Experts Concerned TPP Could Harm Global Public Health

ScienceInsider: Trade agreement praised and panned “…[Some e]xperts say that some aspects of the [Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)] — signed by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries representing two-fifths of the global economy — could harm public health. A major concern is intellectual property (IP) rights for…

New World Bank Publication Examines UHC Efforts In 24 Developing Countries

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Going universal: 24 countries and the “how” of universal health coverage Daniel Cotlear, task manager of the Universal Health Coverage Support Program (UNICO) and editor of the Universal Health Coverage Studies Series, discusses a new World Bank publication on universal health coverage (UHC) efforts and describes…

Ugandan Program For Lake Victoria Fishermen Employs ‘Test And Treat’ HIV Strategy

The Guardian: Uganda’s test and treat HIV program hauls in fishermen of Lake Victoria “…Anyone living [in Uganda’s Ssese Islands] who is diagnosed with HIV immediately receives [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] — a process known as ‘test and treat.’ The policy puts Uganda on track toward World Health Organization recommendations released…

MSF Calls For Fact-Finding Mission Under Geneva Convention Protocols To Investigate Kunduz Hospital Bombing

News outlets report on a speech given Wednesday in Geneva by Médecins Sans Frontières International President Joanne Liu, in which she called for an International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate the bombing of the group’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Associated Press: Aid group seeks fact-finding mission over Kunduz strike “Doctors…

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