SSa Warns About Rabies in Mexico: The Week in Health
Mexico’s Ministry of Health (SSa) issued an epidemiological warning after the confirmation of rabies cases and urged the population to avoid several animals. Meanwhile, the Mexican Institute of Social Security’s (IMSS) celebrated its 80th anniversary and Publicis Foundation launched an initiative to help cancer patients to fight stigma in the workplace.
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Cancer Stigma Hampers Patients' Professional Careers
Publicis Foundation launched the “Working with Cancer” initiative, which aims to eliminate the stigma of cancer in the workplace. With the support of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Publicis Foundation will promote work cultures based on solidarity to support employees living with cancer. Other companies and organizations are also joining the initiative. “By making the continuous efforts [of those who live with cancer] more visible, together we can reduce cancer anxiety and stigma in the workplace and positively impact the health of our employees,” says Arthur Sadoun, CEO, Publicis Group. Read the complete story here.
California Sues Drugmakers for Insulin Overcharging
US state California is taking legal action against leading insulin producers and pharmacy benefits managers (PBM) in the US, accusing them of abusing their market dominance to overcharge patients for the life-saving medication, says Rob Bonta, Attorney General of California. The price increases of insulin have a disproportionately negative impact on people from low-income households and communities of color, he adds. “No one should be forced to ration or go without basic medication that could mean the difference between life or death,” says Bonta. Learn more about this on MBN.
IMSS Celebrates 80 Years Guaranteeing Social Security
Labor representatives, businessmen and government officials celebrated IMSS’s 80th anniversary, highlighting that the institute’s main objectives are to protect workers, ensure their salary, benefits and productive capacity and provide peace of mind to families. As of Dec. 31, 2022, there are 21.37 million formal jobs registered at IMSS of which 86.6 percent are permanent. “Thanks to the IMSS we enjoy the certainty and security offered by knowing that we will be well attended to in case of any health problem. IMSS benefits represent a huge incentive to join the formal work environment,” says Héctor Tejada, President, CONCANACO SERVYTUR. Learn more about it on MBN.
Analyzing New National Health Supplies Compendium Laws
Regulators have issued changes to the National Health Supplies Compendium, which include new requirements for products and the possibility to hold remote meetings. “New regulations were issued in November 2022, which will impact the process of listing new products – and are thus highly relevant for accessing departments in charge of pharmaceutical products,” writes Juan Luis Serrano, Partner Life Science, Sánchez Devanny Eseverri, on MBN.
Rabies Threatens Mexicans
The National Committee for Epidemiological Surveillance (CONAVE) issued an epidemiological warning on human rabies after four rabies cases were confirmed. The epidemiological notice is addressed to all medical units of epidemiological surveillance and to those of the National Network of Public Health Laboratories. The document establishes the operational definitions of suspected, probable, confirmed and ruled out cases. “There is no specific treatment. In the face of serious risk of exposure, the application of human and immunoglobulin rabies vaccines is recommended,” says Mexico’s Ministry of Health.