Incentives

CC4CARB solicitation is out (16 Mar 2020 deadline) / Superb WSJ podcast on antibiotic economics

Dear All, I wrote on 3 Jan 2020 (link) about the NIAID contract intended to establish an innovative Chemistry Center for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CC4CARB). The formal solicitation has now gone live and can be found here. The deadline for applications is 16 Mar 2020. Get to it! In parallel, there is a superb Wall Street Journal podcast dated 13 Jan 2020 about

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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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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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WHO wants your input on its draft TPPs for needed antibacterial agents

Dear All, WHO has developed a set of draft TPPs (target product profiles) for needed new antibiotics. As part of the process, they are now opening a public consultation. Here is the essential text from their announcement: “The World Health organization (WHO) is developing target products profiles (TPPs) for needed antibacterial agents, providing the public

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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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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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