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Drug Makers Must Change R&D Practices Or Patent Disputes Will Continue

“[T]he impact of [a decision by the Supreme Court in India to disallow a new patent for an updated version of Novartis' cancer drug Glivec] will likely be broader than just that issue, escalating a long-simmering fight over patented cancer medications in emerging markets,” Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health,…

Health Advocates Working To Lower Cost Of HCV Medicines In LMICs, Reuters Reports

“A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries — this time for treating hepatitis C [HCV] — more than a decade after a global showdown over the price of AIDS drugs in Africa,” Reuters reports. “Modern pills being launched in western markets could cure the…

Cost Of New Hepatitis C Drug Out Of Reach For Developing Countries

IRIN: Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high “Following approvals in the U.S. and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries, a development reminiscent of the activism that forced down HIV/AIDS…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 234 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes an article on the approval of up to $253.8 million for the renewal of 16 grants for 13 applicants; a news story on the…

5 Actions To Promote Global Health In 2014

Devex: 5 ways to accelerate global health in 2014 Allan Pamba, director of public engagement and access initiatives at GSK “…If we’re to cement the progress already made in helping people live healthier lives — regardless of where they live — we must start making last year’s conversations a reality.…

CSIS Releases Report On Global Access To Universal Health Coverage

A new Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) report, titled “Global Action toward Universal Health Coverage,” is now available online. The report examines the history of universal health coverage, its growing interest internationally, and the elements and obstacles of expanding coverage (Bristol, 1/9).

Saving Mothers, Giving Life Annual Report Launched At D.C. Event

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes an event that took place in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, launching a report detailing “outcomes from the first year of the five-year Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative, which began in eight districts in Uganda and Zambia in June 2012.”

Blog Interviews Temptime Executive About Global Health Partnership With USAID

In a post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, the first in “a new blog series to highlight the impact of USAID’s commitment to global health research and development (R&D),” the coalition interviews Ted Prusik, senior vice president of Temptime, “a New Jersey-based company that has made a…