The FDA’s new rare disease review group will hold its first public hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss how to expand efforts to develop treatments for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people, Reuters. “The new rare disease review group is part of a broadened effort to encourage companies to spend more money on the more than 6,000 rare diseases identified,” Reuters writes, adding that the FDA “already offer[s] companies grants and guaranties seven years of market exclusivity for drugs that treat rare diseases.”
Programs, Funding & Financing
Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago â€¦ now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”
G8 ‘Failed Its Own Leadership Test’Â On Maternal, Child Health Commitments A Toronto Star editorial reflects on the pledges of G8 countries to the Muskoka Initiative to improve maternal and child health care, noting, while Canada’s $1.1 billion over five years “fell noticeably short of the $1.2 billion the G8 and…
G8 Nations Commit $5B For Maternal, Child Health; Additional $2.3B Committed From Other Countries, Foundations
G8 nations, plus other countries and private organizations, have pledged at total of $7.3 billion to improve maternal and child health in the developing world, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday at the group’s summit in Canada’s Muskoka region, All Headline News reports (6/26).
World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya on Thursday signed a declaration vowing his group’s commitment to crack down on the counterfeit drug industry, PBS NewsHour’s “The Rundown” blog reports. The piece examines the growing threat of counterfeit medications and efforts to clamp down on the distribution of such drugs (Miller, 6/24).
G8 Leaders To Discuss Economic Policy, Developing World, Maternal And Child Health, Haitian Rebuilding
Ahead of the G8 summit, which begins Friday in Canada, “leaders engaged in a series of dueling letters and interviews that exposed their conflicts” in how to foster global economic recovery, the Associated Press reports. The G8 â€“ comprised of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States â€“ are also set to “discuss proposals to increase support for maternal and child health care in poor nations” and meet with leaders from seven African countries.
A report from the consulting firm McKinsey & Company said “global businesses cannot afford to ignore the potential” in African economies, the New York Times reports.
Lancet Infectious Diseases Editorial Reflects On Need To Integrate HIV/AIDS, TB Prevention, Treatment Services Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial notes, “While there has been welcome progress in making ART available, HIV/AIDS raises other challenges that we are only…
“A large polio outbreak in Tajikistan â€“ Europe’s first in years â€“ has the potential to further spread the dangerous virus to other regions of the world, the [editors of] the Canadian Medical Association Journal [CMAJ] warned Wednesday” in an editorial appearing in the journal, the Canadian Press reports.
Opinions: Harper And Global Health; Health Workers In Developing Countries; Funding Commitments; DDT, GMO Use
Canadian Prime MinisterÂ Should Use G8 To Press For Global Health Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “can use the relatively intimate setting of the G8’s Muskoka meeting to press for a renewal of the G8’s commitment to better health for Africans, and help the developed world be truly accountable for its…