Infectious Disease

Increasing Competition in Pharmaceuticals Act

In early March, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the “Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act” (S.2152). The bill has now been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During the hearing Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) spoke about her legislation “Increasing Competition in Pharmaceuticals…

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The International AIDS Conference Begins to Take Shape

As the International AIDS Conference returns to the U.S., Craig Moscetti shares some of the names that will shape the agenda Today the organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (IAC) announced 15 plenary speakers and presentations that will help shape the overall conference theme “Turning the Tide Together.” Many global health advocates are excited to see…

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To Improve 7 Billion Lives, One Hand Washes the Other

J&J Director of Contributions on the importance of leveraging the simple intervention of handwashing to achieve health outcomes: A colleague of mine recently wrote about a woman in Nicaragua who went in search of a small loan, and ended up being treated for cervical cancer, because a microcredit organization arranged for a health screening to coincide with…

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30 Years of HIV/AIDS

Dr. Anthony Fauci has spent virtually his entire career as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH tracking the AIDS epidemic. In a session on the advancement of science and research on HIV, he gave an insightful overview of the early days when key discoveries were made but it was…

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Access to HIV Drugs: The Good, the Bad and the Unmet Need

This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy. ROME  — Drug companies are excluding middle-income countries – such as Brazil, Thailand, India, Columbia and China – from HIV drug discount programs where drug prices can be as much as ten times higher, according to…

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Africa’s Male Circumcision Programs Exceed Targets, Grow More Efficient

This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy. ROME  — Kenya, the leader by far in the medical male circumcision (MMC) campaigns underway in sub-Saharan Africa, has successfully serviced 290,000 men and adolescents in the past 2.9 years. This update came from Dr. Peter…

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Amani: One of the Vaccine Delivery Heroes

This is a guest blog by Dr. John Wecker, the director of Vaccine Access and Delivery at PATH. Resourceful, brave, committed — and perhaps a little addicted — that’s the kind of person it takes to ensure that vaccines reach children in the poorest countries of the world. People like Amani Abdelmoniem Mustafa, the manager of…

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