Cost-Containment Mechanisms for Essential Medicines, Including Antiretrovirals, in China - Health Economics and Drugs Series No. 013
(2003; 30 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentTerms of reference
Close this folderIntroduction
View the documentCost-effective medicine selection
View the documentPrice information
View the documentInternational open tendering
View the documentVoluntary discount agreements
View the documentVoluntary licensing
View the documentCompulsory licensing
View the documentLocal state production
View the documentGovernment price controls
View the documentReduction of import and other taxes for essential medicines, and rational dispensing practices
View the documentPublic investment in R & D for new medicines: A mid- to long-term strategy
View the documentBackground and experiences with voluntary agreements
View the documentCountry rights to be protected in voluntary agreements for reduction of prices of medicines
Open this folder and view contentsCompulsory licensing - practical aspects and procedures
View the documentConcluding comments
View the documentList of persons contacted
View the documentFurther reading

Public investment in R & D for new medicines: A mid- to long-term strategy

An option that developing countries with a large scientific base, such as China, should explore more systematically is the strengthening and expansion of the R & D needed to address the diseases prevalent in those countries, including HIV/AIDS. China may have significant cost advantages to undertake R & D in complex fields (including genomics, proteomics and other new fields) and become an important player in the discovery of new medicines and treatment. This could be done on the basis of public investment at the national level, or through partnerships with other countries, for the public good, that is, in order to make available new therapeutic options for non-profit purposes. Of course, several modalities may also be envisaged to recoup investments in R & D as well as to establish partnerships with the private sector.


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