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Is polio eradication worth it?

It’s a question that seems almost rhetorical to most public health advocates. “Of course,” they say. “If we can, we should.” This is the conventional wisdom, often presumed to have been settled long ago and to be effectively beyond question. But historian Dr William Muraskin from the City University of New York has just published… » read more

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When European governments’ credit ratings were downgraded it became more expensive to raise money for health development projects For the past six years, the GAVI Alliance has been raising money on financial markets through the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). This is achieved by selling ‘Vaccine Bonds’ to investors which gives GAVI cash to… » read more

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Amid resignations, political spats and question marks over its budget, there’s a new broom at the EU’s powerful medicines authority Pity Guido Rasi. Not for his €200 salary, the generous perks or the swanky Canary Wharf offices, but for the unenviable task of turning around the ailing European Medicines Agency. He takes the helm at… » read more

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Doctors from across Europe are gathering in Athens on Saturday for an emergency meeting amid fears that the Greek health system is going into meltdown. The hastily-arranged medical summit, called by the Medical Association of Athens, is due to discuss plans for a new European Medical Network through which doctors could support the ailing health… » read more

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Three years after it was proposed the EU Information to Patients Directive is in limbo European health ministers have poured cold water on a long-standing EU proposal to allow pharmaceutical companies to provide information on medicines directly to patients. Ministers say the Information to Patients Directive could increase red tape for government agencies and companies… » read more

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Chronic drug shortages in Greece have left thousands of patients without medicines and paralysed the drug supply chain. The impact of the ongoing financial crisis in Europe is having a deep impact on patients – and that’s before the possible return of the Drachma which could at least double the relative cost of imported medicines.… » read more

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Fears that Greece could default on its debt tops the EU agenda because it puts the balance sheets of a dozen German and French banks in peril. But Greece has already defaulted on its debts to companies. What is default? EU leaders have been trying to find a way around the fact that Greece cannot… » read more

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The EU’s clinical trials directive has been a catastrophe but Brussels is keen to make amends “Arguably the most criticised piece of legislation” the EU has ever produced on medicines. That’s how the European Commission describes its own law on clinical trials, drafted a decade ago in an effort to streamline medical research in Europe.… » read more

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Irish health services have been slow to embrace technology and need to mobilise its staff to catch up Electronic patient records, access to specialist services from home, and more efficient use of scarce resources are just some of the much-vaunted benefits touted by advocates of e-health. But while technology has transformed most industries and public… » read more

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