Promote affordable, equitable access to diabetes medicines and information for women, UN urges

On World Diabetes Day, the United Nations health agency has said that women – especially those in low-income countries – are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, a condition that can be prevented or delayed with medication, regular screening and healthier lives.

Deal to reduce price of HIV treatment aims to save more lives

A life-saving medicine to treat HIV will now be made more widely available to millions of people in developing countries.

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Not enough new antibiotics in the pipeline, UN report warns

Too few new antibiotics are under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a United Nations report has found.

Women urged to consider career in nuclear industry

Although the nuclear energy sector is growing, the number of women working in it remains low, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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UN and partners meet on stopping trade in deadly fake medicines

Fake drugs are a multi-billion dollar business attracting organized crime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said at the opening today of a conference to stop the illegal trade.

New online guide on children’s medicines could save 9 million lives annually – UN

Two United Nations agencies have released a new online guide on where to procure essential medicines formulated for children, a tool which could potentially prevent nine million child deaths from preventable and treatable causes every year.

Secretary-General urges global response to combat trafficking of fake medicines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged collective action to protect people from falling victim to the “insidious and illicit” trade in counterfeit medicines, a problem affecting all countries but which hits the poor particularly hard.

UN meeting enlists technology in war on multi-billion-dollar counterfeit medicine market

A United Nations-backed meeting to combat the multi-billion-dollar market for counterfeit medicines today sought to harness technology in the arsenal of weapons used to crack down on the products, which can promote drug resistant strains of disease, worsen medical conditions and kill patients.

UN health agency plans to boost treatment for rabies, snake bites in developing world

With more than 12 million people suffering dog or snake bites and scorpion stings each year, the United Nations health agency today announced plans to boost the production of crucial therapeutic sera which can make the difference between life and death or crippling disability for millions of people in poor countries.

UN health agency publishes handbook to enhance pharmacists’ role in patient care

With the pharmacist’s role evolving from that of a maker and supplier towards that of provider of services and information and ultimately of patient care, the United Nations health agency is co-sponsoring a handbook to ensure that a patient’s drug therapy is the most effective available, the safest possible and properly adhered to.