by Suerie Moon
N Engl J Med 2017; 376:505-507; February 9, 2017
3 pp. 365 kB
What has recently been headline news in high-income countries has long been a concern everywhere else. Whether low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are struggling to treat millions of people living with HIV or to immunize refugee children against pneumonia, unaffordable prices mean that many people simply go without. Meanwhile, despite billions of public and private dollars invested in pharmaceutical research and development, urgent needs for new antibiotics and tools for other public health priorities go unmet. Unaffordable medicines and inadequate innovation have become global issues. Like climate change, they require new public policies and international cooperation.