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Efforts Increasing To Treat Cancer In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

News outlets examine efforts to improve access to cancer treatments in Malawi and India. Financial Times: Cancer eclipsed as global donors focus on other diseases “…The international focus on HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — with billions of dollars spent annually under the umbrella of the UN Millennium Development Goals –…

Focus On Management To Address Global Disparities In Health Care Delivery

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Business” blog, Anjali Sastry, a senior lecturer in system dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, examines “a stark contrast in health care delivery” between developing countries and the developed world. She highlights several obstacles one might face visiting a clinic in sub-Saharan Africa,…

The Atlantic Examines China’s Role In Counterfeit Medicines, Medical Aid In Africa

Noting “[a] small but growing body of evidence partly faults China for the massive upswing in counterfeit medications in Africa,” The Atlantic examines whether “the Chinese pharmaceutical industry [can] overcome its reputation for producing bogus medicine.” The magazine describes China’s role in the discovery of artemisinin and the resulting artemisinin…

USAID’s Pursuit Of Evidence-Based Global Health Agenda

As part of the Global Health Research & Development blog series, E. Callie Raulfs-Wang, research adviser at USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog,” “Whether testing the efficacy of an HIV vaccine or the marketing strategy of a new contraceptive technology, quality research, careful methodology…

Antibiotic Resistance Poses ‘Catastrophic Threat’ To Public Health, England’s Top Health Official Warns In Report

In her first annual report, “England’s top health official said Monday that antibiotic resistance poses a ‘catastrophic threat’ to public health,” GlobalPost reports (DeFraia, 3/11). “Sally Davies … said global action is needed to fight antibiotic, or antimicrobial, resistance and fill a drug ‘discovery void’ by researching and developing new medicines to treat…

Drug To Treat Leishmaniasis Fails In 20% Of Patients, Study Shows

“One in five people treated for a serious form of leishmaniasis in Nepal relapse after a year,” Nature reports, adding, “The finding, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases last month, is ‘an alarming signal’ for campaigns to eliminate the neglected disease, say researchers.” The news service notes, “The orally administered drug miltefosine emerged as the…

UNODC Holds Meeting On Poor Quality Medicines

Writing in the BMJ Group Blogs, Amir Attaran, professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, describes a recent meeting held by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in which “[d]elegates of U.N. member states, police, manufacturers, academics, and pressure groups gathered … at UNODC headquarters…

IOM Report Offers Recommendations To Combat Distribution Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies “is urging stronger regulation of pharmaceuticals around the world to combat the growing problem of fake and poor-quality medicines,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports (Knox, 2/13). “The risks of fake and flawed medicines have leapt from developing nations to Western supply chains, thanks…