Solutions for the Problem of Underinvestment in R&D for Medicines for Neglected Infectious and Tropical Diseases
The introduction of patent protection in the developing world alone is not sufficient for solving the problem of underinvestment in R&D for neglected infectious and tropical diseases. Furthermore, even if patent protection provided an adequate incentive mechanism to successfully stimulate R&D, there would still remain the problem that patented medicines may not be affordable for large groups of consumers in poor countries.
KeywordsWorld Trade Organization United Nations Development Programme Patent Protection Incentive Mechanism Malaria Vaccine
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