School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney
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Miniscule research resources are allocated to researching the diseases of developing countries such as malaria, tuberculosis (TB), dengue fever, river blindness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis, and the strains of HIV prevalent in Africa. Plainly, the patent system and the commercial model of drug research fail to respond to the needs of the poor for the simple reason that the poor exercise little purchasing power. But pressures are mounting on governments and corporations to tackle the ‘neglected diseases’ calamity. An important argument in an intense global debate is that corporations would respond to the needs of developing countries if the diseases of the poor could be made profitable. This is the idea developed by Kremer and Glennerster in a crisply written book, Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases.