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Report Identifies FDA’s Weaknesses In Monitoring Foreign Drug Trials

The FDA inspected 0.7 percent of foreign clinical drug trial sites in 2008 while 80 percent of applications approved for marketing that year contained data from foreign drug trials, according to a report (.pdf) from the Inspector General of HHS, CBS News reports (Strickler, 6/22).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Women’s Rights Essential To Improving Maternal Mortality The U.N.’s plan to improve maternal health is lacking “the one element that will make it work. Human rights,” according to blog post on Huffington Post. “Medical causes of maternal death – hemorrhage, sepsis, hypertension, unsafe abortion, HIV and AIDS – are inextricably linked…

Also In Global Health News: Kyrgyzstan Aid; Malaria Progress In Angola; Zambia Downplays Freeze; Bolivia Objects To USAID; Testing HIV Earlier

U.S. Commits $6.5 Million To Kyrgyzstan The U.S. has pledged $6.5 million in humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan, Agence France-Presse reports. “[W]e continue to monitor both Kyrgyzstan’s aid requirements, the status of its refugees, and will provide additional assistance as necessary,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said (6/16). VOA News reports that…

NIH Researchers’ Findings About Malaria Parasites In Bloodstream Could Lead To Development Of New Drugs

NIH researchers have “identified two previously unknown steps in the spread of the malaria parasite in the bloodstream” and found a way to interfere with one stage of the process, which could lead to the development of new malaria drugs, United Press International reports (6/10). The study was published online in Current Biology, according to an NIH press release (6/10).

TIME Series Examines Global Health

As part of a special package about global health, TIME magazine visits what is known as “the most malarial town on earth” – Apac, Uganda – and examines global malaria control and efforts to eradicate the disease.

Also In Global Health News: HIV-Positive Children In Uganda; Vietnam Launches PMTCT Campaign; Sierra Leone Health System Strained; Gates Foundation’s Work; Compound Blocks Malaria Parasite

Draft Policy In Uganda Recommends HIV-Positive Children Know Their Status As Early As Age 10 “A Ugandan draft policy recommending that HIV-positive children be informed of their status by the age of 10 has drawn mixed reactions from health workers,” IRIN PlusNews reports. The goal of the policy is to “improve…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Examines WHO’s Policy Reversal On Drug Used To Prevent Post-Partum Hemorrhage A Lancet Comment reflects on a debate over the community-based use of the drug misoprostol in resource poor settings to help reduce post-partum hemorrhage, which according to the comment is the most common cause of maternal deaths. Despite evidence…

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