Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow

Roger Bate | 01 Apr 2003
Africa Fighting Malaria

Abstract

This paper analyses trends in drug development using data from the drug industry association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Worryingly, the findings suggest that far fewer AIDS drugs are in development compared to several years ago, and at a time when drug development for other communicable diseases is increasing. There are several probable explanations for this phenomenon, but the least benign is the likelihood that continual pressure group and media attacks on the industry over pricing of drugs in Africa has reduced incentives for development of new AIDS medicines.


A PDF version of the full paper can be found here: http://www.fightingmalaria.org/pdfs/saving_lives.pdf