A Decision Framework for the Access Strategy of Medicines for Malaria Venture

34 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009

Date Written: August 11, 2009


Many new Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) have recently been formed with the sole objective of developing drugs for neglected diseases with a high prevalence in the developing world. The Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) is a PDP that was established in 1999 to develop new drugs for malaria. With an initial mission to 'discover' and 'develop' drugs, in 2006, MMV took on the additional challenge of 'delivery' of its product. This presents the organization with a series of new challenges considering the market for these drugs does not function properly. This paper identifies the main issues to be addressed in order to ensure the uptake of anti-malarial drugs and examines MMV’s role as a public private partnership in tackling these issues. It then uses stylized models to understand the need and potential benefits from MMV's involvement in these areas. This research provides MMV with the tools to develop a clear strategy to approach their role in access and delivery of anti-malarial drugs to patients in endemic countries.

Keywords: Malaria, global health supply chains, product development partnerships, Medicines for Malaria Venture, price-setting, newsboy, boundary of NGOs

Suggested Citation

Yadav, Prashant and Stapleton, Orla and Van Wassenhove, Luk N., A Decision Framework for the Access Strategy of Medicines for Malaria Venture (August 11, 2009). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2009/41/TOM/Social Innovation Centre, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1447383

Prashant Yadav (Contact Author)

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Orla Stapleton

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Luk N. Van Wassenhove

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