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Sanders Takes Aim at Drug Patents
By: Marcus J. Hopkins, Blogger

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is, if nothing else, a bombastic figure in the modern political three-ring landscape, and while most of his supporters applaud his penchant for speaking “truth to power,” rarely does the Independent senator from Vermont garner support from both sides of the aisle. Last week, however, he may have managed to curry some favor with HCV advocates across the country.

In a letter to Robert McDonald, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sanders implored the VA to use its emergency powers to break – or override – the patents for HCV drug therapies currently held by Gilead (Sovaldi and Harvoni) and AbbVie (Viekira Pak). This move, while within the legal purview of the Federal government, is unusual, almost to the point of being unprecedented; Sanders argues (and rightly so, in my opinion) that the health and wellbeing of our nation’s veterans should serve as sufficient motivation for exercising the measure.

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Black Market HIV/AIDS Drugs in the News, 2006 - 2013

The Partnership for Safe Medicines

The Community Access National Network (CANN) today announced that it is teaming up with the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) to better educate patients about the risks of counterfeit or black market HIV/AIDS medicines. Since 2006, eighty-two (82) individuals have been charged with selling adulterated, unapproved or black market medications prescribed for HIV or AIDS patients.

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National ADAP Working Group (NAWG)

Hepatitis: Education, Advocacy & Leadership (HEAL)

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