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Present Policy Solutions Being Used to Address the Problems of Neglected Infectious Diseases

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This chapter provides an overview of "push" and "pull" mechanisms being experimented with to bring new health technologies on to the market. Push mechanisms include both product development public‐private partnerships and targeted R&D tax credits. Pull mechanisms include: advance market commitments; fast‐track regulatory approval; patent extensions; pharmaceutical industry involvement; and financing mechanisms, such as the International Finance Facility, the currency transaction development levy, an airline tax, and the healthcare funding framework. Push and pull mechanisms are complementary models. Most commentators conclude that a combination of push, pull and PDP mechanisms is desirable and that the optimal mix may vary among different desired products and their stages of development.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-04-01

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