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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…

Recent Releases In Global Health

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…

UNITAID Has Raised $2B Through Airline Tax Since 2006, Could Be Model For G20 Development Funding, UNITAID Chair Says

UNITAID, an international drug financing program established to help fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries, has raised about $2 billion since 2006 through taxes on airline tickets in 15 countries, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of the UNITAID executive board, told reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. According to Douste-Blazy, UNITAID’s experience could provide a model for G20 development funding efforts.

Rate Of Antiretroviral Virological Failure Higher Among Children Living With HIV/AIDS Than Adults, Study Finds

One in eight children living with HIV/AIDS “experiences triple-class virological failure – meaning the virus becomes resistant to multiple drugs – within five years of starting antiretroviral treatment,” according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/MSN reports. The “failure rate is higher than in adults and highlights the challenge of maintaining viral load suppression in young patients who begin antiretroviral therapy so early in life, the researchers said,” according to the news service (Preidt, 4/19).

Also In Global Health News: Russia’s Illegal Drug Fight; Radio To Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness; USAID, Qatar MoU On Food Security; Canada’s HIV Vaccine Initiative

Russian President Says Country Has Failed To Reduce Injection Drug Use Russia has failed to curtail an injection drug epidemic that cuts economic growth by up to three percent annually, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of federal and regional senior officials on Monday, Reuters reports. “In spite of…

Also In Global Health News: Israel Signs WHO, UNAIDS Agreements; Burden Of Healthcare On Developed Countries; Human Rights, HIV/AIDS; Climate Change, Food Security In Southern Africa

Israel Signs Agreements With UNAIDS, WHO On Wednesday, Israel signed agreements with UNAIDS and the WHO to bolster the country’s response to global health issues, UNAIDS reports (4/13). “Within the framework of the [WHO] agreement, several joint teams from Israel’s health authorities, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and…

Opinions: Poverty Footprint; Aid To Promote Good Governance

Poverty Footprint Analysis Is Just A Start “Carbon and water footprint measurements have become almost commonplace among large corporations … But these measurements only tell part of the story. The piece where a corporation mows down an entire village in the developing world to make way for a carbon-cutting wind farm…