Access to Drugs for Treatment of Noncommunicable Diseases
(2013; 4 pages)

Bollyky TJ (2013) Access to Drugs for Treatment of Noncommunicable Diseases. PLoS Med 10(7): e1001485. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001485


A decade ago, bitter disputes over access to patented HIV/AIDS medicines in developing countries transformed global health, elevating infectious diseases as a foreign policy concern and helping to mobilize billions of dollars to research and distribute new therapies to meet the needs of the world's poor. Now, a new fight over treatment access looms. India, China, and other middle-income countries have taken measures to circumvent patents on medicines for diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular and chronic respiratory illnesses—the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) increasing most rapidly in low- and middle-income countries. Addressing this latest treatment-access crisis will require another transformation in global health, this time focusing on NCDs, low-cost interventions, and patient-centered strategies.

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