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Who’s paying for lunch? Here’s exactly how drug companies wine and dine our doctor

23rd Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: The Conversation In June 2015, 24 Australian cancer specialists flew to Chicago to attend a five-day conference. Drug giant Amgen funded the trip, including registration, transfers and wining and dining. It cost almost A$270,000. … Continue reading

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The West is not the best

20th Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: DNA   The cross-country intellectual property rights (IPRs) wars are back and this time it’s being fought in the East. From last week’s RCEP conversations in Singapore, it seems like Japan and South Korea … Continue reading

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Switzerland should stop pushing for TRIPS-plus measures in trade agreement with Indonesia

20th Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: Public Eye Swiss and Norwegians civil society groups led by Public Eye and Third World Network addressed on September 11, 2018, their serious concerns in an open letter to their Minister of Trade over … Continue reading

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To scale-up TB preventive therapy, we need to bundle tools & improve access

20th Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: Microbiology Shortage of tuberculin, expensive X-ray hardware, limited access to IGRAs, and lack of registration of rifapentine pose big barriers for high-burden countries to scale-up preventive therapy. It is time to convene all LTBI … Continue reading

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PM Narendra Modi arrives in Singapore for RCEP Summit

15th Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: LiveMint Singapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Singapore on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit … Continue reading

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Health activists raise concerns over IP provisions at RCEP

15th Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: Times of India MUMBAI: Public health activists and patient groups have raised serious concerns over intellectual property (IP) provisions in the ongoing negotiations of regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP), charging Japan and South Korea … Continue reading

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Narendra Modi’s RCEP dilemma

Other RCEP participants have been pushing India to sign on the dotted line to conclude the deal by the year-end. But it isn’t quite that easy for the Narendra Modi government 15th Nov 2018, New Delhi Source: Live Mint When … Continue reading

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