Developing drugs for developing countries.
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Infectious and parasitic diseases create enormous health burdens, but because most of the people suffering from these diseases are poor, little is invested in developing treatments. We propose that developers of treatments for neglected diseases receive a "priority review voucher." The voucher could save an average of one year of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review and be sold by the developer to the manufacturer of a blockbuster drug. In a well-functioning market, the voucher would speed access to highly valued treatments. Thus, the voucher could benefit consumers in both developing and developed countries at relatively low cost to the taxpayer.
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Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1377/hlthaff.25.2.313
Publication InfoGrabowski, Henry G; Moe, Jeffrey L; & Ridley, David Blaine (2006). Developing drugs for developing countries. Health Aff (Millwood), 25(2). pp. 313-324. 10.1377/hlthaff.25.2.313. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/7017.
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Professor Emeritus of Economics
Professor Grabowski specializes in the investigation of economics in the pharmaceutical industry, government regulation of business, and the economics of innovation. His specific interests within these fields include intellectual property and generic competition issues, the effects of government policy actions, and the costs and returns to pharmaceutical R&D. He has been publishing research papers for over four decades, from his earlier work, “The Effects of Regulatory Policy on the Incentives
Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Professor of the Practice of Business Adminstration
David Ridley is the Dr. and Mrs. Frank A. Riddick Professor of the Practice of Business Administration. He is also the Faculty Director of Duke's Health Sector Management program. In his research, David examines innovation and pricing, especially in health care. He was the lead author of the paper proposing the priority review voucher program to encourage development of drugs for neglected diseases.
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