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Experts At European Parliament Session Outline Challenges In TB Drug Development

EurActiv: Developing countries urged to produce TB vaccines locally “Even though one third of the global population have the microbes that cause tuberculosis (TB), pharmaceutical companies still have little incentive to produce the drugs that can combat the deadly but curable disease. Speaking at the European Parliament on Wednesday (21…

Asia’s Largest Vaccine Maker Developing Low-Cost HPV, Diarrheal, Pneumococcal Vaccines

Bloomberg Businessweek: Top-Selling Vaccine Made Cheap Shows Challenge to Merck: Health “…Serum Institute of India Ltd., which makes vaccines injected in 65 percent of the world’s children, is targeting newer vaccines, including one for the human papillomavirus that could be available in late 2018 and sell at a third of…

Bloomberg, Gates Launch $4M Fund To Help Countries Defend Efforts To Curb Smoking

BBC News: New global fund to help countries defend tobacco control “A new global fund is being launched to help developing countries fend off challenges to tobacco control measures by cigarette makers…” (Dreaper, 3/18). The Guardian: Bloomberg and Gates launch legal fund to help countries fight big tobacco “A $4m…

Letter Calls For Formation Of TB Partnership To Improve Treatment Access

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB advocates call on organizations, leaders to work together, speed access to existing treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a letter sent last week by…

Pfizer Ceases Sale Of Children’s Vaccine In China

Agence France-Presse: Pfizer stops sale of children’s vaccine in China “American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has stopped selling one of its lucrative vaccines for children in China, the company said. Pfizer gave no explanation for stopping its sales of the Prevnar vaccine, which helps prevent infections such as pneumonia, which killed…

Public-Private Partnerships Can Have ‘Significant Impact’ On Health In Developing Countries

The Hill: Public-private partnerships Harry Leider, chief medical officer for Walgreens “…[A]ccess to care remains a critical challenge both in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in underserved communities where economic, geographic, and cultural barriers often pose significant threats to the overall health of its population. This is why it’s essential…

Al Jazeera Highlights Documentary On HIV Treatment Access In Developing Countries

Al Jazeera: Fire in the Blood Al Jazeera highlights the documentary film “Fire in the Blood,” which addresses “the challenges NGOs, doctors, and activists face in their fight against big pharma and patent laws that prevent millions of HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world from accessing lifesaving drugs…” The film…

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