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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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Consequences of false hope for (hydroxy) chloroquine as treatment for COVID 19

The attention on (hydroxy) chloroquine as a potential treatment in COVID-19 has become a serious problem:–  the evidence for its usefulness is very weak; the original study has several weaknesses–   this essential medicine is now very hard to get as … Continue reading

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Vale Martin Khor

It is with enormous sadness that we say farewell to Martin Khor. Many will have known Martin since our HAIAP beginnings. In the words of Zafrullah Chowdhury  ‘We are losing the very best amongst us, and that too at a … Continue reading

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WHO launches digital version of Model list of Essential Medicines

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/27-02-2020-who-launch-e-eml 27 February 2020The World Health Organisation has launched a new easy-to-access, digital version of its Model list of Essential Medicines (EML). The move will revolutionise the way this core WHO reference tool is used. More than 150 countries currently … Continue reading

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Malaysia’s experience with nationwide hepatitis C screening campaign in the general population and access to Hepatitis C drugs

“Find the Missing Millions: Malaysia’s experience with nationwide hepatitis C screening campaign in the general population” published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 2020; 00: 1-6 (29 January 2020). There was considerable global attention when Malaysia became the first country … Continue reading

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Concerns regarding review of India’s intellectual property Acts and access to affordable medical devices, in the context of the US -India Trade Deal

Letter to the Prime Minister of India from organisations and experts working on access to healthcare and medicines Shri Narendra ModiHon’ble Prime Minister of IndiaSouth Block, Raisina HillNew Delhi 110011 6 February, 2020 Dear Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, … Continue reading

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New Edition: Where There Are No Pharmacists

The 2nd edition of Where There Are No Pharmacists is now available from Third World Network (TWN)  in Penang, Malaysia. Here are the details:Where There Are No Pharmacists 2nd Edition 2019  Prices:– Developing countries: US$10 (excluding postage); $15 (with postage)– Developed … Continue reading

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Pricing Transparency debate at World Health Assembly May 2019

A vigorous debate is occurring at the WHA in Geneva over the need for R&D cost transparency leading to availability of medicines at affordable prices.  Italy has submitted a resolution that is supported by some, modified by others and opposed … Continue reading

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