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Submission to the United Nations Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines

Mackintosh, Maureen; Kale, Dinar; Orsenigo, Luigi and Simonetti, Roberto (2016). Submission to the United Nations Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. United Nations.

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Much of the current debate on health care goals, medical innovation and trade rules focuses on the misalignment between the need to provide incentives to innovation – mainly through a tight intellectual property (IPR) regime – and the resulting negative consequences in terms of access to medicines. While this clash is certainly crucial, this contribution focuses on a different aspect of the misalignment between innovation and access, concerning essential drugs and generics rather than brand new, innovative drugs. This contribution argues that the promotion of domestic drug production and innovative capabilities in low and middle income countries, and notably on the Sub-Saharan African subcontinent, can may constitute an important step towards achieving significant improvements in public health – as a human right that includes access to essential medicines. We provide background and evidence for this argument. We then draw out policy implications, arguing that increased policy coherence between health policies for medicines access and public health, and industrial and trade policies for Africa-based pharmaceutical production and innovation, are both feasible and beneficial, generating synergies between improved medicines access and local industrial innovation.

Item Type: Other
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for inclusive growth. (D-11-020-MM)ES/J008737/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: Access to medicines; innovation; Africa; local pharmaceutical production; industrial policy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 46403
Depositing User: Maureen Mackintosh
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 10:36
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 16:25
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