What Does This “Government Shutdown” Mean for HIV/AIDS Drugs?
Turns out it’s not so good. With Congress locked in a critical battle over fiscal talks, the looming threat of a government shutdown on October 1 (tomorrow!) may spell potential delays in FDA approvals of new drugs, such as Viiv’s Tivicay and Epzicom as well as the Hep C pharma field.
Good New From Congress (No kidding, I mean it!)
Sean Strub: On why the latest amendment to the Defense Bill concerning positive members of the military is a milestone in the effort in combating HIV criminalization.
"What was particularly interesting about the amendment’s passage last night was that it was bi-partisan and, ultimately, not controversial, passing on a voice vote in a block of other non-controversial amendments.”
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Bills Introduced in Congress Would Change U.S. Marijuana Laws
New legislation aims at allowing the federal government to regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol in the US and proposing taxes on marijuana-related businesses.
From the Newsfeed
Eleven U.S. Senators have introduced a resolution, S. 162, to recognize the importance of housing in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS. According to the resolution, 70 percent of people living with HIV report that they’ve been homeless or experienced housing instability at some point in their lives. Click here to read more.