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Glob Health Action. 2013 Oct 10;6:22450. doi: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.22450.

The mismatch between the health research and development (R&D) that is needed and the R&D that is undertaken: an overview of the problem, the causes, and solutions.

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Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK; rikviergever@gmail.com.

Abstract

One of the most pressing global health problems is that there is a mismatch between the health research and development (R&D) that is needed and that which is undertaken. The dependence of health R&D on market incentives in the for-profit private sector and the lack of coordination by public and philanthropic funders on global R&D priorities have resulted in a global health R&D landscape that neglects certain products and populations and is characterised, more generally, by a distribution that is not 'needs-driven'. This article provides an overview of the mismatch, its causes, and solutions.

KEYWORDS:

R&D; agenda; pharmaceutical industry; priorities; research funding

PMID:
24119660
PMCID:
PMC3796018
DOI:
10.3402/gha.v6i0.22450
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