• Clinton testimony short on details about global health budget requests

    Updated: 2012-02-28 21:32:33
      U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified Tuesday in front of the Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee in defense of President Obama’s proposal for national security and foreign policy priorities in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 international affairs budget, including U.S. investments in global health. “Through the Global Health Initiative, we are [...](Read more...)

  • Community group cautions WHO on communication of its guidance on hormonal contraceptives and HIV

    Updated: 2012-02-28 19:06:04
    The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) expressed concern Monday over the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Technical Statement on Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV and its accompanying press release. WHO released the statement last week – concluding that women living with HIV or at high risk of HIV can safely continue to use hormonal [...](Read more...)

  • Why global health activists are fired up about Novartis

    Updated: 2012-02-27 17:07:14
    The following is a guest blog post by Professor Brook Baker of Northeastern University’s School of Law, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, describing and commenting on pharmaceutical company Novartis’s court challenge to India’s strict standards of patenting medicine — standards that have increased access to affordable generic medications worldwide –  and the Novartis [...](Read more...)

  • Lives in the Balance: MSF report exposes threat of HIV and TB in Myanmar

    Updated: 2012-02-24 20:22:58
    Nine-year-old Phoe Lone was diagnosed with HIV at the age of two, after both his parents passed away and he became increasingly ill.  He began receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) one year later, one of the 23,000 people living with HIV in Myanmar who receive treatment from Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).  Today, he is healthy. [...](Read more...)

  • A TREAT for Patients

    Updated: 2012-02-24 00:05:19
    Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) introduced a piece of legislation called the Transforming the Regulatory Environment to Accelerate Access to Treatments (TREAT) Act. The bill is intended to accelerate the approval process for medicines targeted to conditions for which there are no effective treatments. The bill will be referred ...

  • Online panel discusses management of second-line anti-TB drugs

    Updated: 2012-02-23 19:32:38
    The following is a guest blog post by Sophie Beauvais of The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University. Her post discusses the virtual panel discussion they are hosting this week on second-line anti-TB drug management with Dr. Lucica Ditiu from the Stop TB Partnership and several World Health Organization (WHO) experts. In the fight [...](Read more...)

  • Innovative programming to combat HIV, TB and cholera: A conversation with CDC’s John Vertefeuille

    Updated: 2012-02-23 18:19:12
    In this third post in a series of conversations with officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussing the CDC’s role in global HIV and tuberculosis research and development, Science Speaks sat down with John Vertefeuille, PhD – the country director for CDC in Haiti. There he leads a team of 55 and [...](Read more...)

  • Reducing Viral Hepatitis Disparities Among African Americans

    Updated: 2012-02-22 19:53:17
    As we observe African American History Month, we are also working to raise awareness of the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis in the Black community. You may have seen the blog post earlier this month by my colleague Dr. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. She highlighted some of the troubling viral hepatitis...

  • African Americans and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

    Updated: 2012-02-22 19:13:46
    During this February’s observance of Black History Month, we have observed National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and heard about efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis disparities among the African American community.  We must also take note of the importance that the National HIV/AIDS Strategy places on addressing HIV/AIDS and its disproportionate impact on African American...

  • FDA: Steps Toward Quantitative Safety Assessment

    Updated: 2012-02-22 17:37:58
    In an article published in Nature last June, FDA’s Darrell Abernethy, Lawrence Lesko and Janet Woodcock outlined the agency’s desire to incorporate “mechanism-based drug safety assessment and prediction” into the regulatory approval process. FDA’s collaboration with MolecularHealth, a bioinformatics company, is a meaningful step in that direction. In the past, FDA ...

  • Global Health Experts Discuss President’s FY2013 Budget

    Updated: 2012-02-21 20:50:49
    At a webcast Wednesday, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) invited global health experts to discuss President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal and what it means for global health.  In particular, panelists attempted to address the implications of the President’s proposed $542.9 million cut from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in his fiscal year 2013 [...](Read more...)

  • RSVP Today! AIDS Housing Community Meeting March 14, 2012

    Updated: 2012-02-21 17:45:24

  • Nanomaterials and TB treatments

    Updated: 2012-02-17 17:13:27
    Much negative criticism has been directed at the pharmaceutical industry’s perceived lack of innovation in recent years, but one area that has received a lot of attention is neglected diseases. One of the latest developments that I’ve read about is an EU-funded project led by GlaxoSmithKline to develop new treatments ...

  • Amb. Goosby on President’s Budget, Treatment as Prevention, New WHO Guidelines, and more

    Updated: 2012-02-17 17:06:05
    The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. G-FINDER Public Search Tool: The G-FINDER Project sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an annually updated database of global investment into neglected disease research and development.  Datasets for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 [...](Read more...)

  • FDA and Roche Warn of Counterfeit Avastin

    Updated: 2012-02-17 01:11:19
    FDA and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, have issued warnings about counterfeit versions of the injectable cancer drug, Avastin, circulating in the US. According to the FDA safety alert,  the counterfeit version of Avastin does not contain the medicine’s active ingredient, bevacizumab, which may have resulted in ...

  • Protecting and Promoting the Sexual Rights of Women Living with HIV

    Updated: 2012-02-16 20:46:10
    On Tuesday the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (PWN) hosted a webinar to discuss HIV-positive women’s sexual rights and to commemorate Valentine’s Day as a day to uphold the rights of HIV-positive women to have safe and satisfying sexual lives.  According to a fact sheet released by PWN, “An expression of love for women living with [...](Read more...)

  • President’s FY 2013 Budget Supports Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

    Updated: 2012-02-15 14:00:29
    On Monday, President Obama sent his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal to Congress.  The budget proposal clearly demonstrates his determination to help the Nation achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and renews the President’s commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic. To address HIV/AIDS in the U.S., the 2013 Budget: Supports HIV/AIDS research....

  • President’s Budget Request Reflects Strong Commitment on Global AIDS

    Updated: 2012-02-14 04:07:06
    Today, the Obama Administration issued the President’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2013. It demonstrates that the United States remains fully committed to the fight against global AIDS, and will meet the President’s ambitious targets for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention announced on World AIDS Day 2011. I am so proud that, even in a...

  • Making History: Eliminating Viral Hepatitis Disparities in the African American Community

    Updated: 2012-02-10 22:10:38
    During February’s observance of African American History Month, please join us in working to end the unfortunate history of viral hepatitis’ disproportionate impact on the African American community.  This Administration is working hard to reduce and eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. Unfortunately, viral hepatitis is a health problem that is often overlooked by...

  • AIDS 2012 Abstract Deadline Approaching

    Updated: 2012-02-10 18:36:43
    We want to draw your attention to an important deadline for the upcoming International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). The deadline for submitting abstracts for the conference is Wednesday, February 15. We encourage authors to visit the conference website to review submission guidelines . For U.S. authors, please note: the strict midnight deadline applies to Central...

  • Save the Date! AIDS Housing Community Meeting March 14, 2012

    Updated: 2012-02-09 16:40:13
          ook for a future update with the location and a link to RSVP. See you March 14th!

  • Where is Variability Coming From and What Have We Done to Minimize It?

    Updated: 2012-02-09 01:13:32
    This blog post was written by Lynn D. Torbeck Textbooks and journal articles treat common cause variation as if it is an inevitable fact of nature and beyond our control: "In any production process, regardless of how well-designed or carefully maintained it is, a certain amount of inherent or natural variability ...

  • Register to Vote: Because Dictators are No Fun

    Updated: 2012-02-08 17:25:36
    To the left you'll see a display of the most notorious, taupe and forest green-suited tyrants the world has ever known, and none of them are American. The United States may be [insert negative descriptor here], but at least we still get to pick our leaders by voting in primary and general elections.read more

  • Report and Commentary from the Fifth International Workshop on HIV Persistence during Therapy

    Updated: 2012-02-08 00:34:40

  • Pfizer’s Birth Control Recall

    Updated: 2012-02-07 22:32:36
    Pfizer has proactively recalled 28 lots of birth control pills. An investigation by the company discovered that some blister packs may have mixed up the inert and active ingredient tablets. Watch the PharmaFaceoff video blog on YouTube to see what happened and why.

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