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U.S. Needs To More Directly Address Antibiotic Resistance

Noting recent warnings from the CDC and WHO about the increasing rate of antibiotic resistance, David Hoffman, a contributing editor at the Washington Post, writes in an opinion piece in the newspaper, “[M]y reporting for the documentary ‘Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,’ which is to air Tuesday on PBS’s ‘Frontline,’ suggests…

IRIN Examines Controversy Over Definition Of Counterfeit Medicines

IRIN examines controversy over what should be defined as counterfeit drugs, writing, “There is no dispute over the dangers that fake medicines pose,” but “international agreement over how to deal with fake medicines has been elusive, with discussions getting bogged down over exactly what kinds of drugs should be targeted.”…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 26 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on recent commitments by the U.S. and U.K., highlights a UNAIDS report showing a decrease in the number of new HIV infections, and discusses how Bangladesh…

IPS Examines Spread Of Fraudulent Medicine In Pacific Island Nations

“Reports of fraudulent medicines in the southwest Pacific island states of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have drawn attention to the need for more public awareness of the lethal trade and its tragic consequences,” Inter Press Service reports. “The extent of fraudulent pharmaceuticals in the Melanesian islands is unknown,…

Congress Shows Bipartisan Support For Curbing Antibiotic Resistance

“A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding urgency to an issue lawmakers from both parties say they want to address: the rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics,” CQ Roll Call reports in an article examining the report and congressional action on the…

Public, Private Sectors Should Address Antibiotic Resistance After Latest CDC Warning

Noting CDC Director Tom Frieden on Monday released a report showing “two million people in the United States are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result,” a Washington Post editorial states, “The global toll is certainly much higher.” The editorial asks, “What is being…

CDC Report Examines Threat Of Nearly 2 Dozen Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes

“The U.S. faces ‘potentially catastrophic consequences’ if it does not act immediately to combat drug resistance which already kills an estimated 23,000 people a year,” the CDC warned in a report released on Monday, The Guardian reports (McVeigh, 9/17). “In [its] 114-page report, the agency detailed for the first time…

IPS Examines Sales Of Counterfeit Malaria, TB Drugs In Cameroon

“In markets and on roadsides across Yaoundé, [Cameroon,] fake and illegal drugs are stacked on wooden racks and tables, openly displayed for sale,” and though “[t]rading in these drugs is illegal … [t]hey are available as a result of weak regulation, poor health services and high medical costs,” Inter Press…

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