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    Brazil Producing Generic Version of Tamiflu

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (commonly known by its old name, Farmanguinhos), a subsidiary of the state-run public health entity Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), has started producing capsules of oseltamivir phosphate, the generic version of the marketed by pharma multinational Roche as Tamiflu, for distribution by the Health Ministry (MS) to reference hospitals […]

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    A New Initiative on Chagas / Nova iniciativa sobre Doença de Chagas

    Saturday, July 11th, 2009

    From Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    Forgotten and with few treatment options, Chagas debilitates and kills

    100 years since Chagas disease was discovered, DNDi launches an international campaign “Wake Up. Time to Treat Chagas Disease!” with a call for better medicines and treatment of patients.

    One hundred years after the discovery of Chagas disease, 100 million people […]

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    Linking the Pharmacopeias of Argentina and Brazil

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) today issued a regulation (Resolution RDC 37) permitting reference chemical substances certified by either the Argentine Pharmacopeia or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Pharmacopeia to be used for evaluating the quality of pharmaceutical raw materials (active ingredients and excipients) and medicines produced in Brazil.
    Anvisa already allowed that, where […]

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    MERCOSUR Tackles Tobacco Advertising

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    At their Ministerial concluded today, the Health Ministers of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) nations  (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus Venezuela once Brazil and Paraguay ratify the Protocol of Adhesion regarding its membership) plus MERCOSUR associate member Chile reached an agreement [MERCOSUR/RMS/Acuerdo No. 01/09] committing themselves to cooperating toward the elimination of […]

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    New Pharmaceutical Labeling Rules Proposed in Brazil

    Friday, April 10th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) is proposing changes in package labeling rules for pharmaceuticals sold in that country (as set out in ANVISA Resolution RDC 333/03) with a view to making pack labels more informative to consumers.  For example, the proposals released for public consultation (until 11 May) would make medicines with a sedative […]

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    An Andean Medicines Policy

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009

    Last Friday the 30th Meeting of the Health Ministers of the Andean Area (RMSAA) agreed on other important health measures — a coordinated epidemiological surveillance system, joint plans to combat HIV/AIDS, protect health in border areas and to combat child malnutrition — but the one that caught my eye was the new Andean Medicines Policy.
    Not […]

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    Important LAC Developments on Clinical Trials

    Monday, March 23rd, 2009

    Argentina and Brazil are creating national registries for clinical trials. Clinical trials are research studies that prospectively assign human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions (pharmaceuticals, vaccines, surgical procedures, radiological procedures, medical devices, etc.) to evaluate the effects on health outcomes, often undertaken with a view to seeking regulatory approval. […]

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    A Call for Scaled-Up R&D for Neglected Diseases / Una llamada para más I+D para las enfermedades olvidadas / Uma chamada para aumento de P&D sobre as doenças negligenciadas

    Monday, February 23rd, 2009

    From the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    MSF and DNDi Call for Scale-Up of R&D for Neglected Diseases

    Greater Governmental Leadership is needed to Foster Medical Innovation for Millions Suffering from Neglected Diseases

    The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) called today for more sustainable funding […]

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    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member […]

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    Cuba to Help Argentina Produce Cancer, Antiretroviral Drugs

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Argentina’s Health Minister Graciela Ocaña has just signed an agreement with Cuba where the latter will aid the former in researching and producing antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), cancer drugs, vaccines and other treatments for diseases prevalent in Argentina.
    Last year, shortly after assuming her post, Ocaña established the Program for the Public Production of Medicines, Vaccines and […]

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