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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…

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…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 34 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on health efforts in South Sudan, where the Global Fund and other partners are supporting the Juba National Health Training Institute “to train people to lead…

Tobacco Companies Using Legal Strategies To Block Regulation In Developing Countries

“Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation,” the New York Times reports. The strategy “has gained momentum in recent years as smoking rates in rich countries have fallen and tobacco companies have sought to maintain…

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…

Reuters Examines Myanmar’s Efforts To Improve Health Sector

Reuters examines efforts by Myanmar’s government to improve health in the country “as it ratchets up spending on the sector and seeks foreign investment to revive one of Asia’s sickest health care systems.” The news service writes, “In 2000, during the dark days of dictatorship, the [WHO] ranked Myanmar second-last…

Blog Features Interview With Gates Foundation’s Global Health President

Xconomy’s “Bio Beat” blog features a two-part interview with Trevor Mundel, president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global health operations. Journalist Luke Timmerman speaks with Mundel about the challenges of implementing global health programs and working with the private sector (11/25). In the first installment, Mundel “talked about…

Merck To Expand Its Maternal Health Program Begun In Developing Countries To U.S.

“Merck & Co on Tuesday said it is expanding its ‘Merck for Mothers’ program, which aims to reduce pregnancy-related deaths from impoverished countries such as Senegal and Zambia, to the United States — a stark reminder of how far the country lags other wealthy nations on key measures of health,”…