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Can world prize competitions foster more equitable drug research and development?
Date:2/1/2008

minal event and identified several required next steps:

  • agreement on a common terminology to facilitate discussions;
  • more awareness raising on prizes in both developed and developing countries;
  • access to data on prices and markets, for instance the relative share of generic vs. brand name drugs, and R&D capacity in developing countries;
  • concrete recommendations on optimum prize amounts to incentivize useful innovation;
  • better understanding of the links between national priorities/programmes and international processes;
  • more work on governance models for prizes;
  • research into the real cost of monopolies on drug prices;
  • dialogue with public research bodies and industry, including WIPO.

There was also a sense that action to stimulate medical research needs to be taken sooner, rather than later.

"There are no neglected diseases, just neglected people. We have been talking for over 10 years. It is now time to act," concluded Kenyan health official Ahmed Ogwell.


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Contact: Wangu Mwangi
mwangi@merit.unu.edu
31-433-506-365
United Nations University
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