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  • Mobilizing $30 Million to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Americas / Movilizar US$30 millones para luchar contra enfermedades tropicales desatendidas en las Américas

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB, Global Network to mobilize $30 Million to fight neglected tropical diseases

    Announcement made during Clinton Global Initiative today

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases announced today their commitment to mobilize $30 million from the public and private sectors to fight neglected tropical diseases in […]

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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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    OECS Goes Proactive Regarding Fake Medicines

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    Temas Note: To understand better the threat posed by counterfeit medicines and what is being done by others to tackle it, check this prior Temas article.
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    From the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS):
    OECS Secretariat launches proactive mechanism against Counterfeit Medicines
    Law enforcement and health officials from St. Lucia will meet on Thursday 5th June 2008 to […]

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    If You Can’t Find It Here, You May Not Find It

    Friday, February 1st, 2008

    Quite a few Temas Blog readers noticed the absence of new posts for several weeks. I was fully occupied with work day-and-night on the final stages of the total revamp and re-launch of my main site, temasactuales.com Although work continues on the Spanish and Portuguese versions (coming soon!), the burden has lightened enough […]

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    Cheaper HIV/AIDS Treatments for LAC Nations

    Thursday, June 7th, 2007

    In May former US President Bill Clinton announced that his foundation had negotiated new agreements to substantially reduce the price of 15 so-called “second-line treatments” for HIV/AIDS, plus a new, “next generation” once-a-day pill, for 66 poor and middle-income countries. The 66 (chosen because they represent about 90% of the world’s AIDS cases) includes […]

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    Imposing EPR for End-of-Life Medicines and Batteries

    Thursday, May 31st, 2007

    Back in April, Colombian Environment Minister Juan Lozano promised proposals for mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) regimes for expired medicines and end-of-life (EOL) lead-acid batteries. Earlier this month he made good on that promise: the Environment Ministry (Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial –MAVDT) has published for public comment two draft decrees, one […]

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    Fighting the Growing Menace of Counterfeit Drugs

    Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

    Have you ever bought medicine at a pharmacy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?  I'm not talking about the big, sophisticated ones you might find in Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro.  I'm speaking of those small ones in places like Santo Domingo or small towns in the Central American countryside, which are often […]

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    Organismo Andino de Salud desarrollará acciones en cuatro áreas prioritarias

    Friday, September 29th, 2006

    Synopsis in English: The Andean Health Organism — the health policy cooperation organ whose member states include Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela — has agreed to a work plan for the 2006-2008 whose priorities include epidemiological monitoring, access to medicines, frontier health and worker health.
    Desde la Oficina de Prensa de la Secretaría General […]

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