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Global Spending On Medicines Predicted To Reach $1.4T In 2020, Report Shows

Reuters: Global drug spending to hit $1.4 trillion in 2020: IMS “Global spending on medicines will reach $1.4 trillion in 2020, driven by increased health care access in emerging markets and high-priced new drugs for cancer and other diseases, according to a forecast by IMS Health released on Wednesday. That…

25K Syrians Wounded Each Month, Many At Risk Of Illness As Winter Sets In, WHO Warns

Reuters: Wounded toll at 25,000 a month in Syria, medicines lacking, cholera feared: WHO “About 25,000 people are wounded each month in escalating warfare in Syria and it is getting harder to deliver medical supplies for civilians trapped in areas held by Islamic State insurgents, the World Health Organization said…

Price Of Pfizer’s Childhood Pneumonia Vaccine Too High, MSF Says In Protest

Al Jazeera America: MSF protests price of Pfizer pneumonia vaccine “Children in poor countries are going without pneumonia vaccine because of the high price of the shots, manufactured by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, members of humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) said at a rally Thursday outside Pfizer’s headquarters…

Increased Access To Pneumonia Vaccines, Integrated Health Systems Critical To Childhood Health

Devex: Tackling the world’s deadliest childhood disease Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Increasing access to vaccines against childhood killers like pneumonia will increase protection rates in the world’s poorest countries and will, in turn, avert billions of dollars in treatment costs and productivity losses. … Immunization…

No Government Should Interfere With Women’s Reproductive Rights; U.S. Should Continue To Invest In Family Planning, Reproductive Health Programs

TIME: The End of China’s One-Child Policy Isn’t Enough Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “…Until China promotes a fully rights-based, voluntary family planning program, it is supporting the continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies. No government and no politician should interfere with the…