Global Health Matters

10 October 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
This blog was first published on Devex on 10 October 2017 Almost 20 years ago, in 1998, 39 leading pharmaceutical companies sued the South African government to stop legislation on parallel imports and generic substitution. It was one of the dumbest things the industry ever did. What started as a ...
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5 October 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
The headlines were about North Korea, warmongering, sanctions and, well, diplomacy. But this year’s UN General Assembly in New York in truth devoted far more time to sustainable development, climate change, mass migration and poverty – and how to provide universal  health care (UHC), including for the 400 million who ...
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19 September 2017 - By Thomas Cueni & Paola Barbarino
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia, a disease that affects almost 150,000 people in Switzerland. It is the third most frequent cause of death in the country, costing over CHF 7 billion a year – and as many as 400,000 predominantly ...
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18 September 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
I have not forgotten the Chinese taxi driver who wanted to sell me a Rolex for $100 in Singapore a while back. Nor have I forgotten his absolute fury when I laughed and told him that if I wanted to buy a fake Rolex, I could have done it in ...
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29 August 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Fair pricing activists applauded the news earlier this month that the FDA approved another drug to cure hepatitis C. That this new medicine is cheaper and treats people quicker than the existing hepatitis C drugs goes to show how fast healthy competition can change the outlook on health spending. Not long ago, ...
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22 August 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
We are used to social media exploding and controversy over statements made by President Donald Trump. But over the past month, a shockwave of anger and charges of European arrogance and racism have been levelled at France’s new, charming, and youthful President.  What triggered the social media storm that spread ...
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6 June 2017 - By
The most indisputable of all facts on global health is that we’re living longer and healthier lives than ever, and in an era of continuous health improvement. What were once considered life-threatening diseases are now manageable conditions, and not just for patients, but for our health systems also. Where Hepatitis ...
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2 June 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
In January 2016, more than 100 companies and industry associations had signed a Declaration on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, followed by a Roadmap of several big pharma at the UN High-Level Meeting in September 2016 – a common framework of principles for global measures to curb the development of antibiotic resistance. ...
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29 May 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Thinking about how to be a healthy older person is like thinking about glaciers crashing into Arctic seas as a result of climate change. Too far away to imagine, and we’ll worry when the effects reach our doorsteps. In reality, the challenge is here today asking all of us, at ...
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24 May 2017 - By Cyntia Genolet
As falsified medicines are debated this week at the World Health Assembly, IFPMA shares what the biopharmaceutical is doing to combat this risk to individual and public health.    If there’s one place not to take a gamble, it’s on whether or not a medicine is real or falsified. Yet ...
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20 May 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
  I must admit I had been somewhat skeptical about the "WHO Fair Pricing Forum" held last week in Amsterdam. There were multiple reasons for my apprehension. One concern was clearly that the notion of “fair” is pretty much in the eye of the beholder, another was that none of ...
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27 April 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Over the course of my lifetime, human lifespan extended by three decades.  Today we hope to lead healthy lives well into our 80s. Now I have to declare a vested interest in this topic:  I am an aspiring role model for active and healthy ageing (I’m past 60 and look ...
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25 April 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
As we look forward to hosting the Geneva Pharma Forum during current World Immunization Week, finding solutions to pre-empt or mitigate vaccine shortages is top-of-mind here at IFPMA and for our members. What’s more, recently the first Access to Vaccines Index (ATVI) was published – a set of report cards ...
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21 April 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
After 30 years in the world of policymaking and business, there is not much that can faze me; but it is fair to say that nothing could have prepared me for meeting Agnes. This has been a week when Geneva played host to ministers, scientists, WHO officials, philanthropists and business ...
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Angkor Thom. Siem Reap Cambodia
7 April 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
The name Kantha Bopha is well known in Switzerland. Beat Richner, pediatrician, cello player, and savvy fundraiser, has been working there tirelessly for over 20 years on his life-long project. He had already worked at the Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh in the early 70’s, then the terror of the ...
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