Better, Cheaper, Faster: Strategies for Sustainable Treatment Access for the World’s Poorest

Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy, Vol. 5, p. 42, 2011

30 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2012 Last revised: 13 Nov 2012

Thomas J. Bollyky

Council on Foreign Relations

Date Written: November 30, 2011

Abstract

Intellectual property rights have long dominated treatment access scholarship and debates, but are at present neither the cause nor the solution for the inaccessibility of treatments for the neglected diseases that afflict the world’s poorest. Prizes and grants have helped stimulate research and product development for neglected diseases, but must be funded in order to realize and sustain costly R&D efforts. With global health budgets are tightening, innovative financing schemes are also unlikely to satisfy the substantial resource demands of neglected disease R&D under current cost assumptions.

Much greater attention must be paid in global health to the strategies that can improve access to neglected disease treatments by making their development and introduction cheaper, faster, and less uncertain. This paper describes four practical strategies that would help achieve these goals and sustainably meet the treatment needs of the world’s poorest people.

Keywords: Trade, Medicines, Regulation, Access, Global Health, Intellectual Property

Suggested Citation

Bollyky, Thomas J., Better, Cheaper, Faster: Strategies for Sustainable Treatment Access for the World’s Poorest (November 30, 2011). Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy, Vol. 5, p. 42, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1999061

Thomas J. Bollyky (Contact Author)

Council on Foreign Relations ( email )

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Washington, DC 20006
United States

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