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    South American Health Ministers Negotiate Lower Prices for Antivirals, Antiretrovirals

    As the drug pricing debate continues in the US, the ministers of health of 10 Latin American countries recently persuaded pharmaceutical companies to lower the prices of several HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C treatments. In the first of two planned rounds of negotiations, the health ministers of MERCOSUR (which includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and associate countries Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador) earlier this week agreed to purchase the HI...
  • Brazil: South American Countries Driving Regulatory Harmonization

    Brazil and Argentina are drivers of regulatory harmonization regionally in South America, said Anvisa Chief Executive Dirceu Barbano, noting the countries' efforts in the region. Both Brazil's and Argentina's respective regulatory agencies are working with Mercosur, a multilateral organization whose mission is to create a common regional market, to harmonize regulations, said Barbano. Barbano's comments were in response to questions posed by Brazilian legislators at a...