Author Archives: Beverley Snell

World Health Day April 7 2019

WHO’s theme for 2019 is Universal Health Coverage and WHO’s rationale for choosing this year’s theme is: Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when … Continue reading

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Ken Harvey is the new president of Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM).

HAIAP member and Monash University Associate Professor Ken Harvey AM is the new President of Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM). He provided the following comments for HAIAP. Three founding members of FSM stood down from the executive this year. … Continue reading

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Quality control of Australia’s complementary medicines industry

Australia has a very lucrative ‘complementary medicines’ export industry worth around $A1.2 billion and promoted as being ‘Made in Australia’ using a distinctive logo. The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration defines ‘complementary medicines’ (known as supplements in other countries) as vitamins and minerals, fish oil, Western … Continue reading

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Influenza A (H1N1) ‘swine flu’ outbreaks in India

India Today Report https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/swine-flu-scare-over-2-500-tested-positive-77-deaths-reported-in-2019-so-far-1438700-2019-01-24 Over 2,500 people tested positive and at least 77 deaths were reported due to swine flu across the country this year till Thursday (January 24), with Rajasthan accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the cases. According … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson faulty hip replacements

Posted by Mira Shiva January 15, 2019 Details about Johnson and Johnson faulty hip replacement implants can be read here http://www.haiasiapacific.org/?page_id=1981 Posted by Mira Shiva January 15, 2019 Acetabular Surface Replacement (ASR) Metal on Metal (M on M) were promoted  … Continue reading

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Vale Amit Sengupta

It is with extreme sadness that we share the news of the tragic loss of Amit Sengupta on November 28, 2018.  Amit has been a dear friend and comrade who will be greatly missed. He has been an inspiration to us … Continue reading

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Australia free of Rubella

Australian Doctor 31st October 2018,  https://tinyurl.com/y7sex7le Rubella has officially been eliminated in Australia, which is testament to the success of the National Immunisation Program, says Minister for Health Greg Hunt. The WHO reports that the contagious disease has largely been … Continue reading

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New affordable hepatitis C combination treatment shows 97% cure rate

From TWN April 13, 2018 Results support a public health approach to hepatitis C Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative press release, 12 April 2018  PARIS, 12 April 2018 – An affordable hepatitis C combination treatment including the new drug candidate … Continue reading

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TPP has risen from the dead.

It was signed on March 8. New Zealand released the previously secret text of the agreement on February 21 https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tpp-new-zealand-sheds-light-on-the-deal-australia-is-about-to-sign-20180221-p4z14b.html After years of campaigning against the dodgy deal and after loss of support from the US, last year people power … Continue reading

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New paper on use of TRIPS flexibilities in the procurement of medicines

A new paper on the use of TRIPS flexibilities in the procurement of medicines was published today by the WHO Bulletin. Thank you Ellen See here for the full paper: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/96/3/17-199364.pdf Abstract Medicine procurement and the use of flexibilities in … Continue reading

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