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Novartis Testing Strategies To Improve Pricing, Access To Certain Medicines In Developing Countries

Humanosphere: Drug companies test out new strategies for improving access in poor countries David J. Olson, a global development communications and social marketing consultant, highlights how pharmaceutical company Novartis is trying to improve access to drugs for noncommunicable diseases in developing countries. The company has launched “Novartis Access, which is…

CDC, Gates Foundation Heads Discuss Disease Outbreak Preparedness In WSJ Interview

Wall Street Journal: What Global Disease Threat Worries Public Health Officials Most? “Infectious disease outbreaks not only have the potential to destabilize societies, they pose a threat to international economies, as well. What should public health officials and businesses be doing to prepare? Physicians Thomas Frieden, the head of the…

Researchers Say Zika Vaccine Could Be Available By 2018, NYT Reports

New York Times: The Race for a Zika Vaccine “…Perhaps never before have so many companies and government organizations worked so quickly to develop a vaccine from scratch. Vaccines usually take a decade or more to develop. But researchers say a Zika vaccine could be available as early as 2018,…

With Funding Secured, Malaria Vaccine Pilots Set To Begin In Africa In 2018, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine “Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world’s first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 11/17). U.N.…

Pfizer To Offer Pneumonia Vaccine At Reduced Price In Humanitarian Crises

Reuters: Pfizer offers cut-price pneumonia shot for humanitarian crises “…In what it called a major expansion of its humanitarian assistance work, the drugmaker said its Prevenar 13 shot, which protects babies and children against pneumonia and other diseases, would be offered in a new multi-dose vial at the lowest prevailing…

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