How Environmentalists Opened The Door For Zika

Richard Tren | 24 May 2023 | The Federalist

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Stopping Zika, Malaria, And Other Insect-Borne Diseases Will Require New Insecticide Investment

Jasson Urbach | 25 Apr 2023 | The Daily Caller

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‘Supergirl’ Should Make Chlorine The Hero, Not The Villain

Jasson Urbach & Richard Tren | 11 Jan 2024 | The Federalist

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Growth demands greater economic freedom

Jasson Urbach | 22 Oct 2023 | Business Day (South Africa)

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Patent policy will only hobble health

Jasson Urbach | 24 Aug 2023 | Business Day (South Africa)

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There are patently absurd aspects to new system

Jasson Urbach | 7 Jul 2023 | Business Day (South Africa)

The South African government is introducing a substantive search-and-examination process for patent applications to replace the depository system — it believes this will enable the granting of more robust patents.

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Medical innovations improve health outcomes

Jasson Urbach | 9 Jun 2023 | Free Market Foundation

Innovation in medical technology, over the last five decades, has given scientists access to powerful tools to develop new procedures and drugs that have resulted in unprecedented advancements in human longevity. Worldwide life expectancy at birth has increased dramatically from an average of 52 years in 1960 to an average of 71 years in 2013. There can be no doubt as to the extraordinary benefits that advancements in medical innovations have conferred upon humanity – helping people to live longer, healthier, and happier lives

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Profits serve patients in need of healthcare

Jasson Urbach | 3 Jun 2023 | Free Market Foundation

Government hospitals and clinics are experiencing severe shortages of essential medicines, according to media reports last week. Government officials claim that the shortage of drugs in South Africa and worldwide are caused by profit-run pharmaceutical companies that do not base the distribution of medicine on patient need.

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Coercion does not improve access to medicine

Jasson Urbach | 2 Apr 2024 | Business Day (South Africa)

For many years, public health advocates have argued that patents on lifesaving medicines enrich pharmaceutical companies at the expense of lives in poor countries.

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Africa must spurn Cuba’s aid offer

Jasson Urbach | 13 Mar 2024 | Business Day (South Africa)

CUBA has been in the news lately promoting a new plan to help African countries control and even eradicate malaria. The Cubans propose mosquito larvae control, which they hope will reduce mosquito populations and thereby halt the spread of the disease. The science simply does not support this approach. But with Cuba's regime trampling the human rights of its own citizens, should we be surprised they don't really care what might work to save lives in other countries?

Larvicide does have a place in malaria control. Indeed, SA's world-class malaria control programme uses it in a limited way, in conjunction with other interventions. Larval control requires regular application of chemical and biological insecticides to mosquito breeding sites. But according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), "the consensus among vector control specialists, based on currently available evidence, is that in most situations, larviciding with universal coverage across large areas and populations is unlikely to be feasible". The WHO says: "In general, larviciding should be considered for malaria control only in areas where the breeding sites are few, fixed and findable."

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