Medications

Report: Remdesivir dominated hospital drug spending in 2021

The COVID-19 treatment remdesivir dominated hospital drug spending in 2021, accounting for nearly 10% of all pharmaceutical expenses and outpacing the next three drugs combined, according to the National Trends in Prescription ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Global vaccine equity key to ending COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis continues around the world, public health and infectious disease experts at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are pushing for global vaccine equity to end the pandemic.

Vaccination

What's at stake in COVID-19 jab patent waiver row

Over a year into global COVID-19 vaccination efforts the question of whether jab formulas ought to be freely available is still unresolved—and undersupplied countries are turning to workarounds.

Medications

Smarter prescriptions from doctors could save NHS billions

GP's could save billions of pounds for the NHS by switching patients' prescriptions from patented medicine to alternative drugs whose patent has expired, a new study shows. Researchers found that whilst some practitioners ...

Genetics

Patent law could curb unethical human-genome editing

A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign scholar who studies the legal and ethical implications of advanced biotechnologies outlines an unexplored tool to regulate the medically and ethically dubious ...

Vaccination

Beyond vaccines, UNESCO seeks share more global science

While the U.S. president is calling for suspending patents on COVID-19 vaccines, experts at UNESCO are quietly working on a more ambitious plan: a new global system for sharing scientific knowledge that would outlast the ...

Vaccination

Merkel urges US to export COVID vaccines

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged the United States to export coronavirus vaccines made on its soil, as she rejected a patent waiver call from Washington for the jabs.

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