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USA | The Hidden Reason Behind Low Vaccination Rates In The U.S.

It is widely agreed upon by health professionals that immunizations are one of the top few greatest advancement in public health – on par with clean drinking water. However, despite the known success of vaccines in reducing morbidity and mortality, immunization rates remain relatively low across the U.S. in 2019, especially in the 19-35 month age range. But Americans who blame anti-vaccination parents aren’t considering the full immunization story in the United States.

Prescription Drug Costs Driven By Manufacturer Price Hikes, Not Innovation

by Alison Kodjak

The skyrocketing cost of many prescription drugs in the U.S. can be blamed primarily on price increases, not expensive new therapies or improvements in existing medications as drug companies frequently claim, a new study shows.

The report, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that the cost of brand-name oral prescription drugs rose more than 9 percent a year from 2008 and 2016, while the annual cost of injectable drugs rose more than 15 percent.

Italy health czar blames resignation on ‘anti-science’ government

The president of Italy’s national health research organisation on Wednesday said he had been driven to resign due the “anti-scientific” policies of the country’s populist government including efforts to undermine confidence in vital vaccinations.

Infant formula companies are behind the guidelines on milk allergy, and their sales are soaring

There has been a six-fold increase in sales of infant formula prescribed for babies with cows’ milk protein allergy in the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2016. This is despite no evidence of a concurrent increase in the prevalence of infants with the allergy.

Sierra Leone doctors strike over conditions, nurses may follow

Doctors in Sierra Leone’s public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they may follow suit.

Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s poorest countries and its public hospitals lack equipment. The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic killed nearly 4000 people, including more than 250 medical staff.