Incentives

Go, BARDA! / Outstanding Op-Ed in Forbes by Rick Bright

Dear All: Rick Bright, Director of BARDA, posted an outstanding commentary (link) in Forbes on 10 May 2019 on the Achaogen story (for more background, see my prior Scary/Scarier/Scariest blogs #1 and #2). Here are three excerpts from his commentary: “Since 2010, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has been a leader in the fight against

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Your vote counts! Support the UN proposal for an AMR-focused Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator

Dear All, Your vote counts! The UN’s Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is conducting an open consultation on proposals it is considering including in the 2020 Comprehensive Review and is seeking the global community’s comments on these proposals (link to summary web page). The 17 SDGs were adopted in 2015 and are really driving

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New mechanisms for antibiotic reimbursement in the United States: CMS’s IPPS FY2020 Final Rule

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for substantial help with this newsletter), On August 2, 2019, the US government agency that administrates Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced several significant changes to hospital antibiotic reimbursement in US hospitals, effective October 1, 2019 (link to the very detailed Federal Register notice; go here for user-friendly summaries in Health

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The UK jumps in with a subscription model for antibiotics!

Dear All: We had hints back in January that this was coming (see this post), but now it is really happening! In brief, UK’s NHS will test the world’s first subscription-style payment model in which payments delinked from volume are used to incentivise pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for resistant infections. Below my signature, I’ve

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AMR stays on the G20’s to-do list with calls for Push and Pull mechanisms

Aside: Please look closely at the forward calendar. In addition to two new webinars from GARDP’s REVIVE project, there is a meeting in Thailand in December that focuses on alternatives to antibiotics. I’m told that the program is primarily focused on veterinary and agricultural uses, but previous year’s attendees have found the discussion to have broad application

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Why vaccines for AMR? What is their value? Grant opportunity for research on this topic / Great NPR TED Radio Hour on vaccines

Dear All:​First, and with a closing date of 12 Sep 2019, Wellcome Trust is offering grants of up to GBP 750k for research investigating the impact of vaccines on antibiotic use and/or antimicrobial resistance (go here for details). The core goal of this funding scheme is to develop data that would support and inform vaccine decision-makers around the world as they

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Two research calls: FDA (rabbit VAP models) and JPIAMR (aquatic pollutants)

Dear All, Two important new research calls are now out. First, FDA is offering research funding of up to $1m to support creation of rabbit models of ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (VAP or VABP, depending on your preferred abbreviation) due to carbapenem-resistant strains of A. baumannii and P. aeruginosa. The call for proposals is via FDA Broad Agency Announcement (FDABAA-20-00123N, link), an ongoing

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UK NHS Antibiotic Subscription Pilot: Game (almost) on!

Dear All, 3 Apr 2020 update: Significant additional details on the pilot were shared via a 29 Mar 2020 webinar (link to newsletter) and then a FAQ document (link to newsletter). The game is definitely afoot! The hoofbeats of the cavalry bringing us the UK NHS antibiotic subscription model are definitely getting louder! As you

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