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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1095

Canada’s female doctors say boys should have HPV vaccine: The Federation of Medical Women of Canada is seeking public funding for school based human papillomavirus vaccination programmes for boys. Vaccinating only girls is “neither equitable nor using the vaccine to its maximum advantage,” argues the federation, adding that HPV is as much a men’s as a women’s health issue.

Closure of Russian drug policy website is criticised: The International AIDS Society has criticised the decision by the Moscow department of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) to close down the Russian language website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation, a public health organisation that advocates for and develops drug policies that are based on human rights and tolerance. The Russian government’s opposition to opioid substitution treatment is unhelpful, the society says, as it is proved to be one of the most important tools in preventing the transmission of HIV in people who inject drugs.

Commission examines best way to treat inpatients: The Royal College of Physicians’ Commission on the Future Hospital will begin work in March to look at the organisation, processes, and standards of hospital care to identify the best way to treat inpatients in future. The commission, which will be chaired by Michael Rawlins, chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will look at areas identified in a survey of consultant physicians as being of high priority: high quality of care seven days a week; continuity of care as the norm; and stable medical teams for patient care and education.

EU calls for tighter controls on breast implants: The European health commissioner, John Dalli, has written to all European Union health ministers urging them to tighten up implementation of existing legislation on medical devices after the current wave of concern about certain breast implants. He has asked them to carry out spot checks on certain types of devices, to verify the credentials of the authorities that approve the devices, and to encourage systematic reporting of adverse events.

Spanish drug industry says public should pay for treatment of minor ailments: The Spanish pharmaceutical industry association, Farmaindustria, has proposed that the government excludes drugs for minor diseases from public funding in an effort to save costs in the current financial crisis. “I prefer to take care of my cold but to receive the most innovative drugs to fight my cancer,” said Humberto Arnes, its director general, in a workshop for journalists held in the city of Almagro.


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