Government-Controlled Research & Development - A Recipe for Disaster

Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 22 May 2006
American Enterprise Institute
The proposed research and development (R&D) treaty being discussed at the World Health Assembly during the week of May 22 could end up harming those it aims to assist. Public-private partnerships, which are already delivering drugs and treatments and showing promise in vaccine development, offer a far better model to address diseases. Greater state and bureaucratic control of R&D will not deliver results, especially given the need to deploy unique private-sector testing and development facilities. A range of market-friendly proposals to encourage research is likely to deliver practical solutions.

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