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To Drive Down Insulin Prices, W.H.O. Will Certify Generic Versions – The New York Times

About 80 million people with diabetes around the world need the hormone, and half of them can’t afford it. Creating competition could help, the agency said. With insulin prices skyrocketing and substantial shortages developing in poorer countries, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday that it would begin testing and approving generic versions of the drug. …

Insulin costs out of reach for some in U.S. – UPI.com

Nov. 8 — Nearly a century ago, Dr. Frederick Banting discovered lifesaving insulin, but skyrocketing prices are putting the drug out of reach for many he sought to help. The average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013 in the United States, according to an American Diabetes Association study. …

Vaccine shows promise for preventing active TB disease

An experimental vaccine proved 50% effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because protection declined only a little after two years, and even a partially effective vaccine would be a big help against TB. The …