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Experts Meet To Discuss U.S., Global TB Drug Shortages

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a meeting held last week “to discuss the problem of U.S. and global tuberculosis [TB] drug shortages,” writing, “While the meeting was prompted by the impact of drug shortages on budget-decimated [U.S.] state and city tuberculosis programs and their…

Latin American Nations Taking Steps To Improve Access To Abortion

Noting this month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the issue of abortion, writer and advocate Mandy Van Deven writes in a GlobalPost commentary that the decision “provided a framework for sexual and reproductive rights used by advocates from San Francisco to…

Survey Finds Shortage Of TB Medicines In U.S.; Consequences Similar To Lack Of Access In Developing Countries, Advocate Says

“More than 80 percent of health departments in the United States that treat tuberculosis [TB] resistant to standard treatment have trouble obtaining the drugs they need to cure the disease, according to a national survey released on Thursday,”Reuters reports. “Difficulties obtaining the drugs could be attributed to nationwide shortages, shipping delays…

Zimbabwe Continues To Face Medicine Shortages, Stock-Outs, PlusNews Reports

“Chronic shortages of generic and antiretroviral drugs, stock-outs, high medication costs, and long distances to clinics are some of the hurdles people face in their quest to access essential medicines in Zimbabwe,” PlusNews reports. Since 2009, the national government has not funded “the National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (NatPharm), which is mandated…

Financial Transaction Taxes Can Help Alleviate Global Poverty

“For the first time since the economic crisis began, the last United Nations General Assembly offered real hope for those that wish to put an end to global poverty,” U.N. Under-Secretary General Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID, writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece. “In his first speech to assembled world…

UNICEF Executive Director Discusses Need For Commodities Market For Life-Saving Medicines

In this Forbes interview, Rahim Kanani of the Skoll World Forum speaks with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake about reducing child mortality and the need for a commodities market to improve access to medicines and health care. Lake said, “By increasing access to 13 overlooked life-saving medicines and health supplies, caregivers –…

Improving Access To Medical Abortion

“[I]n many countries, government policies, and societal practices do not uphold women’s right not to continue a pregnancy and women with unwanted pregnancies are forced into motherhood,” but “[f]ortunately for women, … [a]bortion with pills, also known as medical abortion (MA), provides a safe, low-cost and easy to use method…

India, China Deny Claims Of Supplying Counterfeit Medications To Africa, Guardian Reports

“India has denied claims that it has exported large quantities of counterfeit medication to Africa, after the Guardian published a front-page exposé on the phenomenon,” the Guardian reports in a follow-up article. The original article “cited experts and NGO reports as saying that up to a third of anti-malarial drugs in Uganda and Tanzania might be fake or substandard, and the majority of them were manufactured in China and India,” the newspaper writes, adding, “The fake medications have led to deaths, prolonged illness and increased drug resistance in parts of east Africa, the article said.” According to the Guardian, “The Indian health ministry launched a huge campaign last month to check the quality of medication manufactured across the country.” In addition, “Chinese officials also denied the charges made in the report,” the newspaper notes, citing another article published on December 28 (Burke, 1/2).

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