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South Africa: National Health Insurance needs Efficient Facilities

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South Africa: National Health Insurance needs Efficient Facilities

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South Africa: The Elders support the National Health Insurance Bill

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South Africa: The Elders support the National Health Insurance Bill

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Brazil: The Value of New Health Technologies

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Brazil: The Value of New Health Technologies

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Brazil is incorporating new health technologies in the health system. What is the main challenge?

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Brazil is incorporating new health technologies in the health system. What is the main challenge?

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National Health Insurance in South Africa

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National Health Insurance in South Africa

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National Health Insurance in South Africa

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National Health Insurance in South Africa

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Lawmakers accuse drugmakers Mylan, Teva of ‘coordinated obstruction’

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Lawmakers accuse drugmakers Mylan, Teva of ‘coordinated obstruction’

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday accused three major pharmaceutical companies of “coordinated obstruction” and “apparent efforts to stonewall” an investigation on generic drug prices launched in 2014. Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., sent letters to Mylan, Teva Pharmaceutical and Heritage Pharmaceuticals asking them to turn over documents, according to a joint statement Wednesday. The lawmakers said they decided to open an investigation following findings in a lawsuit filed by 44 states in May that accused the drugmakers and others of inflating drug prices and stifling competition for generic drug versions.

“Not only did your company’s apparent obstruction undermine our investigation, but it may have caused further harm to patients and health care providers by delaying the discovery of evidence about the companies’ price-fixing,” Cummings and Sanders wrote in each of the letters, dated August 13. Shares of Mylan and Teva Pharmaceutical were each down roughly 8% on Wednesday. A spokesperson for Mylan said the company, with the help of outside counsel, is investigation the allegations made in the states’ lawsuit.

“We have not found any evidence to corroborate the allegations. We are prepared to make our case in a court…

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NHS gets £8m payout from Aspen Pharma over anti-competitive practices

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NHS gets £8m payout from Aspen Pharma over anti-competitive practices

The NHS has been given an £8m payout from a pharmaceutical firm after an investigation found that it engaged in anti-competitive practices that pushed up the cost of a life-saving drug for the health service. It is the first time that the Competition and Markets Authority has secured such a payment to the NHS as part of one of its investigations. Aspen, which is also facing a fine of up to £2.1m, supplies the NHS with fludrocortisone, a life-saving medicine mainly used to treat Addison’s disease. It is paid for by the NHS.

“The CMA launched this investigation because we consider it unacceptable for the NHS – and the taxpayers who fund it – to have to pay millions of pounds more than they should for this life-saving drug,” said Andrea Coscelli, the chief executive of the CMA. The CMA’s investigation found that Aspen struck deals to pay two rival companies to stay out of the market for the drug, making Aspen the sole supplier and able to set prices without facing competition. During the CMA’s investigation Aspen made an approach to the regulator in an effort to resolve the case. The company has admitted that it was part of…

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Death penalty: Ohio lawmaker says to use seized fentanyl in executions

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Death penalty: Ohio lawmaker says to use seized fentanyl in executions

An Ohio lawmaker has an innovative solution to the state’s problem with securing execution drugs: use fentanyl seized by police instead. Republican state Rep. Scott Wiggam is working on legislation to allow Ohio prison officials to obtain fentanyl from drug busts. That option is far more humane than the electric chair or firing squad – options that states are considering as pharmaceutical companies cut off access to execution drugs. “This is a much less violent way than the electric chair and the latest lethal injection (Dennis McGuire’s 2014 death) that took 26 minutes,” Wiggam told The Enquirer. “This is a much more humane way.”

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid involved in 3,431 overdose deaths in 2017, according to Ohio Department of Health records . Ohio Highway Patrol seized more than 108 pounds of fentanyl in 2018, according to state records. Wiggam sent out an email requesting support for the proposal from fellow lawmakers, the Columbus Dispatch first reported . Gov. Mike DeWine has stalled the state’s executions while Ohio’s prison system seeks an alternative way to execute death row inmates. A federal magistrate compared the effects of one of the drugs used, midazolam, to waterboarding.

Abraham Bonowitz, of the national…

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