Abbott to Pay GSK $3.5M for Breach of Contract A federal jury in California has told Abbott Laboratories to pay GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $3.5 million in damages for breach of agreement, but the jury ruled that Abbott did not try to maintain an illegal monopoly when it quadrupled the price of its drug Norvir, which is a boosting agent for many other AIDS meds.
ACLU Sues Alabama on Behalf of HIV-Positive Prisoners The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a class action lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), charging that state policies discriminate against HIV-positive prisoners, according to an ACLU statement.
TB Eradication in U.S. Stalls as Cases Reach All-Time Low The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States has hit an all-time low, with only 11,181 cases reported in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Violence and Discrimination Increase Against LGBT Haitians Violence and discrimination have increased against LGBT people in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake, according to a joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and SEROvie, a Haitian HIV/AIDS group.
March 28, 2011
New EEOC Regulations Include HIV as a Disability The
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for
enforcing laws against workplace discrimination, has released the final revised
version of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, according
to an EEOC statement.
AIDS United Gives $1.4M to 29 Groups in the Southern U.S. AIDS United has provided technical assistance and $1.4 million in grants to 29 community-based HIV/AIDS organizations as part of its Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS) initiative, according to an AIDS United statement.
Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction to Benefit AIDS Groups
Proceeds from the auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection, which is estimated to be worth $150 million, will likely be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, the New York Post reports.
Justice Department Reviews HIV Discrimination in Trade Schools The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued letters to the attorneys general of all 50 states and U.S. territories asking them to review their jurisdictions’ admission and licensing criteria for trade schools and agencies to identify any criteria that exclude individuals with HIV/AIDS, according to a DOJ statement.
HIV Rent Cap Bill Reintroduced in New York Assembly The New York State Assembly reintroduced a rent cap bill ensuring that low-income people who are permanently disabled by HIV/AIDS and already receiving rental assistance pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent, according to a statement by Voices of Community Activists and Leaders New York (VOCAL-NY).
UNAIDS Urges Countries to Take Advantage of Generic Meds With increasing concern that an impending free trade agreement between the European Union and India could threaten the world’s supply of generic antiretroviral drugs, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has cowritten a new brief to help countries access the cheaper drugs.
Global Fund Announces Appointees for Financial Review The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has appointed former U.S. Secretary of Health Michael Leavitt and past President of Botswana Festus Gontebanye Mogae to cochair an external review of its financial systems following fraud and misuse of its grants.
March 16, 2011
Houston Expands FC2 Female Condom Access
The Female Health Company (FHC) has teamed up with state, local and community-based organizations in Houston to expand access to the FC2 Female Condom, according to a FHC statement.
HIV Rates in Youth Continue to Climb in Philippines The rate of new HIV cases in youth has increased 10-fold in three years in the Philippines, one of only seven countries worldwide where the overall rate of infections continues to rise, according to the National HIV/AIDS Registry and reported by PlusNews.
IAC Criticized for Lack of Focus on High-Risk Groups
The International AIDS Conference (IAC) lacks adequate representation of populations most at risk for HIV, including men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs, according to a Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) statement. MSMGF has released a report based on the most recent IAC in Vienna.
IAVI Launches New HIV Vaccine Design Program in India The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), a private entity of India’s Department of Biotechnology, have agreed to establish, operate and fund an HIV vaccine design program in New Delhi.
Abbott on Trial for AIDS Drug Monopoly Abbott’s competitors seek $4.5 billion in damages because the drug maker allegedly quadrupled the price of its AIDS drug Norvir to monopolize the HIV treatment market, Bloomberg reports.
Normal Heart to Open on Broadway
Broadway has a late addition to its spring schedule: A revival of The Normal Heart, an award-winning play about love, AIDS and New York in the 1980s, will open April 27, according to The New York Times.
Adults Failing Sex Ed An older generation of American adults may be completely sexually illiterate, according to public health educators quoted in an MSNBC story.
Medicare May Pay for STI Exams U.S. health officials are considering adding sexually transmitted infection (STI) exams to the coverage provided by Medicare to the elderly and disabled, reports Reuters.
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