Drugs for neglected diseases: a failure of the market and a public health failure?

by Trouiller P, Torreele E, Olliaro P, White N, Foster S, Wirth D, Pecoul B. Trop Med Int Health, November 2001, 6(11):945-51. Review.

Summary: Infectious diseases cause the suffering of hundreds of millions of people, especially in tropical and subtropical areas. Effective, affordable and easy-to-use medicines to fight these diseases are nearly absent. Although science and technology are sufficiently advanced to provide the necessary medicines, very few new drugs are being developed. An urgent reorientation of priorities in drug development and health policy is needed. New and creative strategies involving both the public and the private sector are needed to ensure that affordable medicines for today’s neglected diseases are developed.

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