Category Archives: R &D Funding

Gilead hepatitis C drug price deal leaves global treatment access advocates underwhelmed

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When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in early December, it was a step that was “expected to dramatically improve outcomes for many patients,” as one report put it. But how many was a big question, as we noted here. While the drug shortens treatment for […]

In lives, health, medical progress, and lost ground — reports tally cost of Budget Control Act

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When legislators went home last week, they left a Continuing Resolution to keep the country running and with it, they left standing the numbers the U.S. Office of Management and Budget cited to estimate the impact of the Budget Control Act’s January 2, 2013 automatic sweeping funding cuts on  government programs, including those responsible for […]

Report shows $1.37 billion gap in R&D funding needed to eliminate TB by 2050

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TB research and development investment increased 76 percent between 2005 and 2010, but investment has slowed markedly, with only 2 percent growth since 2009. The $630.4 million 2010 investment is only one-third of the $2 billion needed to stay on track with the Global Plan to Stop TB 10-year implementation and research strategy to eliminate […]

Can the U.S. re-emerge as a force in medical innovation?

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That was the question addressed in a symposium held at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Wednesday. “The goal is not only economic strength and the creation of jobs,” said former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, one of many high-level panelists invited to participate at the symposium. “But I firmly believe we will reduce health care […]

New vaccine would revolutionize the fight against tuberculosis…if funding is available

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How could the world dramatically lower the incidence of tuberculosis and save millions of lives?  An effective TB vaccine would revolutionize the response to TB, which kills about 5000 people each day, and eliminate the need for lengthy and often difficult drug treatment.    An effective vaccine would be of tremendous benefit all over the world, including […]