Now that U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has declared a nationwide public health emergency due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), HHS is saying it may need more money to help it be as proactive and aggressive as possible in detecting the virus and containing an outbreak.
PERTH, Australia – Mesoblast Ltd. has filed the final module of its rolling BLA submission for its allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cell therapy, remestemcel-L, after it showed strong survival rates in children with acute steroid-refractory graft-vs.-host disease (aGVHD).
BEIJING – The current speed of new developments in the 2019-nCov outbreak is illustrated by a Jan. 28, 2020, press conference in Munich, where Andreas Zapf, head of the infection task force in the Bavarian ministry for health and food safety, briefed reporters on the first confirmed German case.
HONG KONG – Aiming to increase the financial stability of the national health care insurance system, Japan has announced a list of 17 drugs for which prices will be reduced. The country’s Central Social Insurance Medical Council, an advisory group from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), approved the drug repricing system on Jan. 22.
HONG KONG – Over the weekend, India’s Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has imposed a health cess (also known as tax on tax) of 5% on the imports of medical equipment, except those exempted from basic customs duty (BCD). The aim of this development, stated in Sitharaman’s 2020 budget address, is to give impetus to the domestic industry and to generate resources for health services in the country.