December 15, 2014 – TAG’S PROGRESS ON THE FIGHT TO END HIV/AIDS, VIRAL HEPATITIS, AND TUBERCULOSIS
- Letter from TAG Board Member Alby Maccarone
- Message from Board President Barbara Hughes
- TAG Catalyzes New York State’s Plan to End AIDS
- Reports from the Front
- Q&A with Kenyon Farrow, U.S. and Global Health Policy Director
- Q&A with Board Member Jim Aquino
HIV Cure Research Fact Sheet
December 2014 – Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a highly effective treatment for HIV infection, preventing progression of the disease in the vast majority of recipients. When ART is accessible and started early in the course of infection, the lifespan of HIV-positive people is typically very close to that of comparable HIV-negative people. But ART can have toxicities, is often costly, and requires strict daily pill taking that can lessen quality of life. Because of the limitations of ART, a cure for HIV infection remains a vital goal for research.
2014 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2013
October 22, 2014 – Reader beware: funding data presented in this report may be less encouraging than they appear. A quick glance at Treatment Action Group’s ninth annual Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends would suggest good news: funding for tuberculosis research and development (TB R&D) increased by US$37.9 million over 2012 to reach a total of $676.7 million in 2013. The foundation of the TB research enterprise, however, is shakier than at any other time since Treatment Action Group (TAG) began tracking funding levels in 2005.
- A Drug by Any Other Name
The basics of generic medications, bioequivalence, and the push for good manufacturing practices
Securing access to generic drugs to treat HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and tuberculosis (TB) is now one of the most prominent strategies of global health care and treatment activism.
- The Road to Treatment Access
Generic drug registration, licensing, and a trip to Gilead’s islands
Access to essential medicines is part of the human right to health. But several steps are needed to create access to generics, including registration and licensing. Understanding these steps is critical for effective advocacy.
- Safeguarding against Stock-Outs
The time has come for U.S. tuberculosis programs to have full access to the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility procurement and stockpile safety nets
In the United States, where low-prevalence diseases like tuberculosis (TB) are at the mercy of limited market competition among generic drug makers, which can result in drug shortages when manufacturing or distribution problems arise.
- Generics vs. the Giant
For people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), generic linezolid may be a lifesaver. But only if quality-assured versions are available and affordable
As new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid offer renewed hope of treating DR-TB, doctors and programs are faced with the challenge of finding companion drugs to create regimens to which patients’ TB is still susceptible. For this reason, interest in procuring linezolid has been increasing.
An Activist’s Guide to Delamanid
September 23, 2014 – Delamanid (also called Deltyba), the newest drug to fight tuberculosis (TB) was approved in Europe and Japan in 2014. This guide explains what we know about the drug’s efficacy and safety. The guide describe what activists—including people with TB, researchers, and doctors who treat TB—can do to help ensure access, fair pricing, and further research.
An Activist’s Guide to Linezolid
September 23, 2014 – Linezolid, an older drug important for treating some cases of drug-resistant TB, is being used more and more, and this guide summarizes the information we have on linezolid’s safety and efficacy in TB treatment. The guide describe what activists—including people with TB, researchers, and doctors who treat TB—can do to help ensure access, fair pricing, and further research.
2014 Pipeline Report
July 20, 2014 – HIV, HCV, and TB Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, Preventive Technologies, Research Toward a Cure, and Immune-Based and Gene Therapies in Development.
Visit www.PipelineReport.org to read the report online.
1st Hepatitis C Virus World Community Advisory Board Report
July 14, 2014 — The hepatitis C virus (HCV) World Community Advisory Board (CAB) grew from an international AIDS activist movement. The objectives of the meeting were three-fold: 1. To provide a forum for leading activists to learn about developments in HCV treatment and access barriers; 2. To find common advocacy strategies; and 3. To meet with pharmaceutical companies about their plans for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
2013 Annual Report
July 11, 2014 — Progress in the Fight Against HIV, HCV, and TB.
An Activist's Guide to Tuberculosis Drugs
May 29, 2014 – TB treatment must be shorter, simpler, less toxic, and more tolerable and affordable. Activists can contribute to the development and uptake of improved TB treatment by calling attention to research, quality of medications, and access priorities. This guide provides a brief summary of safety and efficacy data for those drugs currently in use for TB (many of which have been approved for other diseases but are used off-label for TB), and suggests advocacy points for activists.
- Fool Us Once…
By Tim Horn
We’re being duped by our government agencies. We’re being hoodwinked by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We’re being bamboozled by pharmaceutical companies and research networks. In this April Fools’ issue of TAGline, we highlight several missteps in research and policy that have required some degree of advocacy to remedy and ensure that the jokes don’t remain on us.
- Forgotten Negatives: The Limits of Treatment as Prevention
The CDC’s High-Impact Prevention strategy takes aim at the stubborn HIV incidence rate in the United States. The only problem: it doesn’t include an ambitious plan for those at risk for the virus
By Jeremiah Johnson
- The White House’s Fuzzy Math
An Office of National AIDS Policy progress report obscures the state of the domestic U.S. HIV/AIDS response
By Mark Harrington
- Marketplace Menaces: Discriminatory Practices by the ACA’s Qualified Health Plans
Advocates scramble to stay ahead of coverage rejections, formulary concerns, and exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses facing people living with HIV
By Kenyon Farrow
- Better Late Than Never: Efavirenz Dose Optimization
After a study suggests that we’ve been using too high a dose of efavirenz for a decade and a half, the move toward scaling up a lower and more cost-effective one faces some hurdles
By Tim Horn and Polly Clayden
- Punked by Pharma: Public Funds for Private Products
Tax dollars are making it easier for the drug and diagnostics industry to develop and market essential TB products. Is the public getting a fair return on its investment?
By Lindsay McKenna
- Fool’s Errand: The Sloppy Science of the MDR-TB STREAM Trial
Confirming the efficacy and safety of bedaquiline-inclusive regimens is a priority. Comparing them to unvalidated MDR-TB drug combinations in the planned STREAM study is not the way to go about it
By Mike Frick
Falling Funding for Tuberculosis Research Threatens to Derail TB Elimination Efforts in the United States Research Dollars Drop Just as Old Disease Grows More Difficult to Treat
March 24, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The goal of eliminating tuberculosis (TB) as a public health threat in the United States is under threat, a new policy brief released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG) shows. Analysis conducted by TAG reveals that spending on TB research and development (R&D) among U.S. government agencies declined from 2009 to 2012 in the face of budget instability, sequestration, and the rising costs of biomedical research.