Giving shape to the TB fight

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s biggest global health crises; 1.7 million people died of the disease in 2016. New data suggest that the global scope of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is much larger than previously estimated, in turn requiring concerted international efforts in combating this deadlier form of the disease.

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Oppositions Filed Against Gilead Hepatitis C Patent Applications In India – Intellectual Property Watch

Oppositions have been filed in India against two patent applications from US pharmaceutical company Gilead for important hepatitis C medicines, according to non-governmental sources. The opposition filings assert that these applications are “evergreening” patents and therefore violate Indian patent law.

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Three in five HIV-carriers now have access to drugs: UN

Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 – a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UNAIDS said on Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they need – the lowest number since the epidemic exploded, the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS reported.

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Three in five HIV-carriers now have access to drugs: UN

Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 – a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UNAIDS said on Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they need – the lowest number since the epidemic exploded, the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS reported.

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Boeing Trademarks ‘797’, Airbus Renames C Series

Analysts and the media aren’t the only ones calling Boeing ( BA) potential new midmarket plane the “797.” Boeing trademarked the name with the European Union Intellectual Property Office in August 2017, Flight Global reported Tuesday. The trademark is another sign that the new plane, Boeing’s answer to the Airbus ( EADSY) A320neo, is likely happening.

Addressing the antibiotics crisis | Letters

I read with interest your article (Antibiotics crisis made worse by shortages in supply, 1 June) on the Access to Medicine Foundation report into this topic. Its excellent report highlights an important problem. A failing supply chain along with a lack of investment in new antibiotics is already causing major health problems across the world, and this will only get worse.