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Primer Examines TPP’s Potential Impact On Drugs’ Data Exclusivity

Brookings Institution’s “Health360”: Health Policy 101: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Impact Prescription Drugs This primer discusses biologic and biosimilar drugs and concerns over “the length of data exclusivity granted to the companies that hold the patents on these drugs” contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement…

U.S. Must Maintain Investments In HIV Vaccine, Prevention Research

The Hill: Choosing the worst time to scale back AIDS research Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…For the first time, we can honestly talk about how to end the AIDS epidemic — and we have not only researchers, advocates, and trial participants to thank, but also American taxpayers. But…

Boosting Antibiotic Research, Development Pipeline Critical To Ending Drug Resistance

The Guardian: Antibiotic resistance is a growing menace — we must act before it’s too late John McConnell, editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases “…Profligate use of antibiotics has provided the evolutionary driver for bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs. Introduction of every new class of antibiotics has been…

WHO Wraps Up Meeting Pledging To Advance R&D, Preparedness For Next Disease Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: WHO works on plan to tackle disease outbreaks after Ebola fiasco “The World Health Organization, reeling under stinging criticism for its late response to the worst ever Ebola outbreak, on Tuesday said it was creating a blueprint to handle future disease outbreaks. A two-day meeting of the U.N.…

FDA Examines Process For Approving Ebola Vaccine In Light Of Waning Outbreak

CQ HealthBeat: FDA Weighs Process for Approving Ebola Vaccine “A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday tackled difficult questions on the development of a vaccine for the Ebola virus although the outbreak, which has killed more than 11,000 people, has subsided. … While that comes as good news…

Lottery Ticket Program Leads To Reduction In HIV In Lesotho, Researchers Say

Foreign Policy: Lottery Ticket Approach Leads to Drastic Reduction in HIV Prevalence “Researchers funded by the World Bank arrived at a wildly unorthodox and unexpectedly effective strategy for preventing HIV in the African nation of Lesotho: A lottery program that offered participants an opportunity to win cash on the condition…

U.S. Universities Receive Ranking On Global Health Research

New York Times: University Grades Are Mixed on Research for the Poor “For the second time, American universities have been ranked by how well they do global health research. This time only one — Johns Hopkins — earned a grade as high as A minus. … The rankings are only…