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Will Health Ministers Come Up With A Solution For Smallpox Virus?: When health ministers gather for the World Health Assembly in May they will try to come up with a solution to “a dilemma that has dogged decision-makers for decades – whether and when to destroy the last remaining stocks of…

MSF Letter Criticizes Johnson & Johnson For Not Joining Medicines Patent Pool

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) recently sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson criticizing the pharmaceutical company for “refusing to make patents on three HIV drugs available to a program that would reduce the cost of the medicines in developing countries,”  the Star-Ledger reports. Johnson & Johnson holds the patents on the…

MSF Criticizes Global Fund’s Support For Tiered Pricing

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria of the consequences of spearheading a new pricing initiative that could result in middle-income countries paying significantly higher prices for medicines to combat diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis,” an MSF news article states. “The Global…

UNAIDS’ ‘Zero Discrimination’ Campaign Discourages Criminalization Of HIV Transmission

UNAIDS’ “Zero Discrimination” campaign, launched this week, “among other goals, seeks to discourage countries from criminalizing the transmission of HIV,” Slate reports. “Over 63 countries have laws on the books, mandating criminal penalties for HIV-positive people who engage in sex without disclosing their status, according to the organization,” the news…

Former BMJ Editor Discusses Lancet Commission’s ‘Grand Convergence’ Proposal

In a post in the BMJ Group Blogs, Richard Smith, former BMJ editor and director of the United Health Group’s chronic disease initiative, summarizes a recent report from the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health that proposes a “grand convergence” to bring the global health community together to prevent 10…