Global Health Matters

4 April 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Animal testing has been and will remain controversial. Whereas most people accept the need to test new medicines or vaccines on laboratory animals before they are authorized for human use, it is also widely accepted that there is a need to strike the right and careful balance between expected benefit ...
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20 March 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
It is quite amazing how health policy discussions are often held in a distorted and simplified manner. Nowhere does this apply more than in discussions on drugs and the pharmaceutical industry. Although a large portion of public health spending is accounted for by hospitals, doctors, other health care personnel, and ...
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16 March 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
(This is a re-posting that was first published on Monday 13 March in the Basler Zeitung) ‘Vets are expensive. Antibiotics are cheap.’ In a nutshell, this was a quote extracted from last week’s BBC report of the growing global problem of antimicrobial resistance highlighting the plight of overuse of antibiotics on ...
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9 March 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
Costs of cancer drugs have risen significantly in Switzerland over the past ten years, from an estimated CHF 445 million to CHF 775 million at ex-factory prices. Bearing in mind future combination treatments in immune-oncology, treatments which are likely to bring from now on unhoped for outcomes, it is timely ...
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27 February 2017 - By Thomas B. Cueni
We need an informed societal debate on how much prolonging life should be allowed to cost (Note to our readers: This is a re-posting that was first published on Monday 27 February in the Basler Zeitung) Recently, the Secretary of Health for the Swiss canton of Zurich, Thomas Heiniger, called for ...
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3 February 2017 - By Laetitia Bigger
In the wake of WEF Davos, there is consensus more than ever that the private sector has a role to play in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. From investment opportunities to research capabilities, collective ambitions to sharing information, many sectors see the value of coalitions and opportunities for the ...
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25 November 2016 - By Gerry Elsdon
  Please click on the image above for this must watch video! It’s universally agreed that patients should be able to expect medicines and vaccines to be available when they need them. Yet in some parts of the world, access to high-quality, safe, and efficient treatments can be a cumbersome/awkward ...
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1 November 2016 - By Matthew Downham, PHD
Pharmacists’ role in flu prevention According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) data, in South America flu and other respiratory viruses declined in most countries. Overall, taking the flu shot is the best way to avoid the flu. When fewer people get the vaccine, the virus spreads more quickly, meaning more people ...
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7 October 2016 - By Dr Konji Sebati
Since its inception in 1980, the International Conference of the Drug Regulatory Authorities (ICDRA) represents a major platform for WHO and drug regulatory authorities across its member states, in their efforts to harmonize regulation and improve the safety, efficacy, and quality of medicines. The focus of this year’s ICDRA Conference ...
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3 October 2016 - By John Kalland
Insights and Perspectives from the IFPMA and IFPW “Shaping a Sound Supply Chain Ecosystem” Panel Discussion at the 2016 Global Health Forum, 21 April 2016. Moderated by Sukana Virji, News Editor, Scrip Intelligence and featuring panelists: John Kallend, Sr. Vice President, Director of Manufacturer Relations and Services, Walgreens Boots Alliance ...
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19 September 2016 - By Eduardo Pisani
This blog was originally posted on OECD Insights Antibiotics have made modern medicine possible. Before the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and the recognition of its therapeutic potential, there were few tools doctors could use when patients came to them with common or minor infections from simple paper cuts. Today, ...
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27 May 2016 - By Mario Ottiglio
This blog was originally posted in Diplomatic Courier Since the start of this millennium, we have witnessed many success stories in global health. Death from infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have been cut in half. A child is twice as likely to survive past their fifth birthday than he or ...
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2 May 2016 - By Pierre Van Damme
Viral hepatitis – a silent, but preventable epidemic Recent breakthroughs in available treatment options and the broader objectives of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) make the WHO target of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030 feasible. Earlier this week, the WHO issued updated guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C ...
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24 March 2016 - By Mario Ottiglio
Note to our readers: This is a re-posting that first appeared in Health Affairs Blog Here is something you don’t see too often: a room full of delegates at the World Health Organization (WHO), taking a break from discussions to practice Tai Chi. But so went proceedings at the First Global ...
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24 February 2016 - By Ronald Piervincenzi
This piece was originally published on SciDev.Net. View the original piece and read more news and analysis on science and development at SciDev.Net. The global counterfeit drug trade, a multi-billion dollar industry, is thriving across Africa. For mothers trying to buy life-saving medicines for their children, a trip to the ...
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