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Bloomberg BusinessWeek Explores Growing Trend In Pharma To License, Donate HIV Drugs

“Pharmaceutical companies, once blasted as uncaring or downright greedy for charging thousands of dollars for a year’s worth of AIDS medicines … in poor countries, lately have been slashing prices and licensing their drugs for free or nominal cost to nonprofits or local manufacturers in the developing world,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek writes in an analysis piece that examines how this trend, combined with a growing capability among aid agencies to distribute drugs, has the potential to increase access to HIV/AIDS drugs worldwide.

Global Vaccine Sales Up 16% In 2009, Report Says

Global vaccine sales “grew by a healthy 16 percent last year, when sales shot up to $22.1 billion, healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information reported Friday,” according to Associated Press. Kalorama is also forecasting sales “will rise at a compound annual rate of 9.7 percent during the next five years,” (Johnson, 8/14).

USAID, Private Companies To Donate $6.5M To Create Social Investment Tool

A group of public and private organizations – including Deloitte, Prudential Financial, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID – will donate $6.5 million to expand the Global Impact Investment Rating System (GIIRS) so that it evaluates the social impact of investments, the Financial Times reports. The tool will widen its geographical reach and establish…

WHO Publishes Comprehensive Report On H1N1

“A year after the H1N1 [swine] flu first appeared, the World Health Organization has issued perhaps the most comprehensive report on the pandemic’s activity to date,” HealthDay News/Bloomberg Business Week reports (Gardner, 5/5).

Women’s Empowerment, Regional Integration, Malaria Prevention Discussed At WEF On Africa

On the second day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Graca Machel, founder and president of the Foundation for Community Development, called on African governments to implement strategies aimed at empowering women in order to accelerate the continent’s social and economic development, Tanzania Daily News/allAfrica.com reports.

India, Brazil Launch Trade Dispute Against EU, Netherlands Over Seizures Of Generic Drugs

“India and Brazil launched a trade dispute against the European Union and the Netherlands on Wednesday, saying their seizures of generic drugs were hurting healthcare in poor countries and disrupting international trade,” Reuters reports. “India said the repeated seizures were based on allegations of the infringement of intellectual property rights in the country of transit, even though the generic drugs in question were legal in their countries of origin and destination,” according to the news service.

World Health Assembly News

Media outlets continue to track news emerging from the 63rd annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.