7 days in healthcare (March 4th-11th, 2024)



From the point of view of Biomedicine, the possibility of making replicas of fetal organs stands out, which could facilitate fetal treatments without putting the pregnancy at risk. The Lancet publishes an editorial and several articles on menopause, a natural state in the aging process of women, often overmedicalized. FDA delays approval of Lilly’s long-awaited Alzheimer’s drug.

As far as Global Health is concerned, there was a shortage of cholera vaccines, at a time with many outbreaks, even in countries where it had been eradicated. Great absolute growth in the global figures of the scourge of genital mutilation in women, especially in Africa, but also in Asia and the Middle East. First published evidence that nanoplastics harm human health. Big problem with the lack of health professionals in Africa, which is proposed to be compensated as a quick solution with community health workers.

Regarding International Health Policy, in the United States President Biden gave his fourth and final State of the Union address. Surprising was a particularly energetic and mentally agile Biden, who maintained the interest of a vibrant speech during its more than 60-minute duration, even interacting with the Republican seats. Much of his speech was dedicated to health, undoubtedly a star issue in the next elections: the price of medicines; women’s reproductive rights, abortion and in vitro fertilization; the extension of Obamacare, a law he defended, during his term; and care for the elderly, both at home and in nursing homes, were the topics discussed. In France, President Macron has decided to make abortion a constitutional right, surprising the enormous support obtained on the right and left in the National Assembly: 780 votes in favor compared to only 72 against.

If we talk about National Health Policy (Spain), In its “Declaration of Córdoba” the Popular Party presents 4 proposals regarding health. The rural environment is left without doctors, according to the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine, saying that of the 11,000 rural doctors, half will retire in the next 5 years and it does not seem easy the arrival of new doctors. A specific health problem of one of the great gaps in our country: that of the rural-urban world. The Minister of Health makes two big promises: the decarbonization of the health system and the creation of an observatory on corruption in health (in response to problems with the purchases of masks and equipment during covid). Interesting, but we will have to see if these promises become realities. The PP will bring the ELA law to Congress.

As for Companies, at the international level, it is increasingly clear that the Novo Nordisk-Lilly duopoly in addressing obesity will be broken, giving way to other agents, given the large number of clinical trials on the subject. According to IQVIA, pharmaceutical companies will lose 6 billion a year until 2028 due to the expiration of many patents, converting many of these medications to generics and biosimilars. This loss will try to be compensated with the launch of new drugs, since it is estimated that between 2024 and 2028 there will be 175 new launches, especially in the field of oncology and neurology. Regarding national news, Grifols has revalued on the Stock Market, after the publication of its audited accounts without qualifications. Loss of 600 million of the insurance companies that operate in MUFACE (Adeslas, Asisa and DKV) during the period of validity of the current three-year agreement. It is evident that public/private collaboration is unviable if it condemns the participating companies to losses without any prospects.


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