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    Fiocruz Gets Green Light to Produce AIDS Medicine Under Compulsory License

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) has authorized the Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (“Farmanguinhos“) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“) to begin producing the antiretriviral drug Efavirenz.  About 80,000 Brazilian HIV-positive patients currently receive the drug through the National Program on Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and AIDS.
    To refresh memories, Efavirenz is the AIDS drug for which Brazil […]

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    Gates Foundation Funds WHO/UNICEF Research on Children’s Medicines

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO receives funds for children’s medicines research with UNICEF

    US$ 9.7 million grant from Gates Foundation to help crucial research on children’s medicines

    WHO has received US$ 9.7 million in grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work with UNICEF to conduct crucial research in children’s medicines, with the aim […]

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    MERCOSUR Adopts Guidelines on Promotion, Advertising & Marketing of Pharmaceuticals

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    I’ve said here many times that Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations tend to take seriously the recommendations, guidelines and other soft norms of the World Health Organization (WHO) on any issue involving public health and/or the environment, and I’ve tried to provide a few examples where WHO work has translated into national laws and […]

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    New Brazilian Rules on Pharmaceutical Marketing

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Brazil’s Health Minister, José Gomes Temporão, and the head of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), Dirceu Raposo, recently announced new rules on pharmaceutical marketing in that country to replace less ambitious ones adopted in 2000.  The new rules aim at substantially changing how medicines are promoted in Latin America’s largest pharma market, and may […]

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    Brazil Proceeds with Compulsory Licensing of Antiretroviral Drug / Brasil continua com a licença compulsória de medicamento antiretroviral

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Temas Observation: All developing nations have had the clear right to resort to compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals since the adoption of the Doha Declaration by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. Brazil has long reserved this right under its own laws, although previously it has been hesitant to actually use the power, preferring instead […]

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    Los Países Andinos deciden diseñar una política regional sobre acceso universal al medicamento

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Andean Health Organism – Hipólito Unanue Convention (ORAS-CONHU) — the health cooperation agency that brings together the four Andean Community (CAN) member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) with two former CAN members, Chile and Venezuela — has decided to formulate a regional policy guaranteeing universal access to medicines.  The policy should […]

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    Brazil Finds 3 Promising Candidates for ARVs to Combat AIDS

    Friday, August 29th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The private Ataulpho de Paiva Foundation (FAP), the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC, part of the Fiocruz family of public institutions) — all based in Rio de Janeiro state — jointly announced today the discovery of three substances that are good candidates for anti-retroviral medicines to combat […]

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    WHO and World Bank Join Forces on Global Health / La OMS y el Banco Mundial aúnan esfuerzos en salud mundial

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO and World Bank join forces for better results from global health investments
    As delegates gather at the International AIDS Conference (3-8 August), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank today address the pressing global debate around health systems and initiatives in specific aspects of health, nutrition and population. […]

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    An Affordable Anti-Malarial / Um medicamento para malária a preço mais acessível

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    From Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    Sanofi-aventis and DNDi welcome the Clinton Foundation announcement on ACTs and commit to providing fixed-dose combination “ASAQ” at equally low prices
    Sanofi-aventis and the non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) welcome the agreement announced by Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) to reduce the volatility and the price levels of […]

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    Chile contempla terminar incentivos económicos en venta de medicamentos con receta

    Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

    Desde el Senado de Chile:
    Proponen terminar con los incentivos económicos en venta de medicamentos con receta

    Moción en tal sentido fue presentada por los senadores Soledad Alvear y Mariano Ruiz-Esquide quienes persigue que la gente no compre medicamentos que no necesita o que pueden dañar la salud por ser mal empleados

    Los senadores Soledad Alvear y Mariano […]

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