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Next Administration Should Work To Reform How U.S. Pays For Medical R&D

New York Times: The U.S. Is Standing in the Way of Cheaper Drugs for the Poor Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders USA, and Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America “…High prices and monopolies are not delivering innovation that responds to people’s needs. In fact, many public…

GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty Discusses Drug Prices, Disease Outbreak Preparedness

New York Times: The Pharma CEO Who Wants to Lower Drug Prices Andrew Witty, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) “…In a recent interview, Andrew Witty, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, who is retiring in March, talked about prices, epidemics, and other health issues. … [Witty:] We’ve been hearing from our…

Like Tobacco Industry, Soda Industry Attempts To Avoid Accountability For Products’ Role In Poor Health Outcomes

Scientific American’s “Food Matters”: If Soda Companies Don’t Want to Be Treated Like Tobacco Companies They Need to Stop Acting Like Them Patrick Mustain, communications manager at Oceana, compares the tobacco and beverage industries and discusses how each obfuscate science and attempt to avoid accountability for and “manipulate understanding of…

WHO, Partners Developing New Vaccine Supply System For People In Humanitarian Crises

Reuters: WHO seeks new mechanism for crisis vaccine supplies at low cost “The World Health Organization, drugmakers, and humanitarian groups are hammering out details of a new vaccine supply system aimed at getting vital shots to vulnerable people in crises such as wars or natural disasters. The mechanism, which so…

Partnerships, U.S. Funding Helping Efforts To Eliminate 2 Neglected Diseases By 2020

VOA News: Two Tropical Diseases on Track for Eradication in 4 Years “By the year 2020, two neglected tropical diseases, lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, and trachoma, a blinding illness, may be eliminated in the world’s poorest countries, thanks to a partnership of governments, charitable foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.…

Addressing Threats To Contraceptive Security Critical To Achieving SDGs, Universal Access To Family Planning Methods By 2030

Devex: Big questions remain about global contraceptive access Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, and John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition “…[I]t will take much more than funding alone to meet the growing global need for contraceptives. The supply chain that moves family planning products into the…

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