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India’s Supreme Court Ruling On Drug Patent Will Promote Affordable Medicines, ‘Preserve’ Innovation Incentives

Noting that India’s Supreme Court on Monday ruled that drug maker Novartis “should not be given a patent for a cancer drug because it was too similar to Novartis’s earlier version,” a New York Times editorial writes, “The decision, which is the culmination of a high-profile, seven-year legal battle, should help protect…

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Proposed BRICS Development Bank Should Focus On Improving Population Health

“Leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) nations met in Durban, South Africa, last week (March 26-27), for their fifth annual summit, and made an intriguing decision: to establish between them a new development bank,” a Lancet editorial states. “The bank would mobilize resources for infrastructure…

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Editorials Discuss GPEI Polio Eradication Plan

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) on Tuesday launched its Global Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan in Washington, D.C. The new plan aims to eliminate wild-type polio by 2015 and completely eradicate the virus by 2018. The following editorials address efforts to eradicate polio. Bloomberg: The goal of eradicating polio “can…

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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Emergence Of New Bird Flu Strain In China

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces and an editorial written in response to reports of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — emerging from China. Peter Christian Hall, Reuters’ “The Great Debate”: “Memories of China’s repression of news during its tumultuous 2002-03 SARS outbreak could…

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More Must Be Done To Find Balance Between Drug Innovation, Affordable Health Care

“The decision by India’s Supreme Court to overturn the patent on Novartis’s cancer treatment Glivec is good news for more affordable health care and bad news for drug innovation,” a Financial Times editorial states, adding, “It fails fundamentally to address either issue, both of which need wide-ranging reform.” By disallowing…

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To Meet TB Treatment Goals, Latent TB Cases Must Be Diagnosed

“If everyone in the world were tested for latent infection with tuberculosis (a status that predisposes people to develop active disease) today, at least one billion people would be positive,” Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “From the World…

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‘Remarkable Alignment’ Of PEPFAR, Global Fund Efforts Is Reason For Continued Support

Recent global health events — including the release of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation (.pdf), the launch of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model, and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evaluation of PEPFAR — “mak[e] it clear; it is a time of transformation for global health,”…

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More Information Needed About New Strain Of Bird Flu In China

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, recounts recent events in China, including the discovery of hundreds of dead pigs, ducks, and geese in rivers and the diagnosis of several human cases of a new strain of avian influenza,…

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NTDs Have ‘Devastating Consquences’ For 1 Out Of 6 People Worldwide

“There are so many things we take for granted in America. One of them is that our children are not regularly infected by one of the tropical diseases so common among the world’s poorest people,” Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, writes in an ABC News opinion…

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Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…

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