No drugs in an age of plenty: urging governments to redress the balance

by Torreele E. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, March 2006, 31(1):3-8.

Summary: 35,000 people die every day from diseases that disproportionately affect the poor in Latin America, Africa, and Asia , and that have been neglected by the pharmaceutical industry and governments. Although scientific knowledge exists to develop new treatments, political will and the profit-driven pharmaceutical model have not sufficiently supported these efforts. Instead, it has been left to generous philanthropic efforts, but this is unsustainable. Public leadership and support is urgently needed.

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