Author Archives: Beverley Snell

Industry support for patients groups – risky business

 By Lisa Bero and Lisa Park AustralianPrescriber Volume 44 : Number 3 : June 2021Read the whole article here Health consumer organisations can include groups specific to a particular condition, such as the Heart Foundation, and health system advocacy groups, … Continue reading

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The political economy of COVID-19 vaccines

Jayati Ghosh Vaccine grabs, the refusal to relax patents to enable mass production, and the use of vaccines for diplomacy run the risk that poorer nations may not be protected against COVID-19 quickly enough. This will prolong the pandemic, even … Continue reading

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2021 HAIAP 40th Anniversary

2021 is the 40th anniversary of HAIAP !!The founders – Dr Mira Shiva, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and Dato Anwar Fazal have met e to consider what to do to mark this important anniversary. A celebratory (Zoom) meeting will be held … Continue reading

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Proposal for TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 related medicines and technologies secures strong support from LMICs

In a landmark move, India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all countries to choose to neither grant nor enforce patents and other intellectual property (IP) related to COVID-19 drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and … Continue reading

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Tribute to Professor Seneka Bibile by Sri Lankan medical student

Fourth year medical student and President, Students Involved in Rational Health Activities (SIRHA), Chamath Lavinda has written a brief history of  Sri Lankan national drug policy. He  describes Professor Bibile as the seed that produced a tree that bore the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Crisis and WTO: Why India and South Africa’s Proposal on Intellectual Property is Important

by Ellen ‘t Hoen, Director, Medicines Law & Policy Read the complete blog published in The Wire here On October 2, India and South Africa sent a proposal to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), asking that it allow countries to suspend the protection … Continue reading

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Tribute to Indian Health Workers

On October 2, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) released a poster carrying the names and photographs of 515 doctors — 492 males and 23 females — who died on the line of duty while treating Covid-19 patients. The poster is … Continue reading

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Medicines Quality Research Group Report; Indian task force strategy to control Covid-19 while avoiding lockdown and false vaccine hopes; Setbacks to WHO plan for global vaccine access.

1. A report prepared by the Medicine Quality Research Group, Centre of Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford of products that have been found to be poor quality or falsified in some way during the pandemic. The July report including … Continue reading

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Open Source Covid Movement: Non-Capitalist Alternative to Control Pandemic

Dr B Ekbal has recently published this article in Peoples’ Democracy.At a recent press conference, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made an important announcement with global political dimensions. He said that the monopoly drug manufacturers are engaged in developing vaccines, … Continue reading

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South Centre brief on FTAs

The South Centre is pleased to announce the publication of Policy Brief No. 76 entitled “Evolution of Data Exclusivity for Pharmaceuticals in Free Trade Agreements” by Wael Armouti, former Legal Affairs Director at Jordan Food and Drug Administration, Companies General Controller. Free trade agreements (FTAs) … Continue reading

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