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Government Of India Should Not Blame Companies For Country’s Drug Access Challenges

Forbes: WHO Conference Enables India’s Deadly Blame Game Roger Bate, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute “…Sick patients, in India and everywhere else, aren’t getting treated because of greed. This is nonsense. Over 95 percent of drugs considered essential by the WHO are off patent. The reason patients don’t receive…

MSF To Urge India To Overturn Pfizer Patent On Pneumonia Vaccine

Médecins Sans Frontières: India: Unmerited Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine limits access for children “Pfizer does not deserve the patent it was granted in August on its pneumonia vaccine, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is set to argue [on Tuesday] in the High Court of Delhi, India that it…

U.S. Supports Humanitarian Efforts For Rohingya, Rakhine Refugees In Burma, Bangladesh

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Assessing the Impact of U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Burma and Bangladesh Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration, discusses a recent “delegation to Burma and Bangladesh to see firsthand what is happening on the ground with…

Philippines Health Department Resumes Contraceptive Distribution Following Agency Ruling, Lifting Of Supreme Court Restraining Order

CNN Philippines: DOH starts distribution of contraceptives “The Health Department (DOH) said Thursday it is now distributing family planning supplies to regional health offices. This comes four days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced 51 contraceptives are non-abortifacients, thereby lifting a temporary restraining order on these that was…

State Department Fact Sheet Outlines U.S. Efforts To Provide Assistance To Burma

U.S. Department of State: United States Assistance to Burma This fact sheet discusses U.S. efforts to provide assistance to Burma, including addressing the crisis and long-term challenges in Rakhine State, strengthening democratic transition and development, and supporting the national peace process (11/15).

Secretary Of State Tillerson Indicates U.S. Considering Sanctions For Individuals Responsible For Violence Against Rohingya

Associated Press: Tillerson says U.S. considers individual sanctions for Myanmar “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by ‘credible reports’ of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands…

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