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Updated ATMF AMR Benchmark! Signs of progress but access lags

Dear All (and with thanks to ATMF’s Damiano de Felice for co-authoring this newsletter), Last week, the team at ATMF (Access to Medicine Foundation) released a 3rd update to the AMR Benchmark series that they started in 2018. For those not familiar with the ATMF, its independent analyses (all its funding is from governments or private

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WHO Essential Medicines List (EML): Antibiotic Book promotes AWaReness

Dear All, WHO have released for consultation an updated draft of their EML (Essential Medicines List) Antibiotic handbook. For those not familiar with it, WHO’s EML (now in its 22nd edition!) provides a guide to a core set of medicines that every country should have. The antibiotic-focused version does this for antibiotics and then adds

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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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$50-100k grants to address socioeconomic outcome disparities due to AMR-related factors

Dear All, I was fascinated to see Mayo Clinic’s Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance release an RFP on 21 Oct entitled “Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Programs to Address Health Inequities arising from Socioeconomic Disparities in USA, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.” The RFP is supported by a grant from Pfizer and seeks to “… solicit programs that have

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WHO Tripartite Joint Secretariat on AMR seeks consultant to develop multisectoral guidance

Dear All, WHO continues on their streak of seeking support for their AMR-related work! Today we have a posting by the Tripartite Joint Secretariat on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) of a consultancy opening for an 11-month project that would support development of multisectoral guidance(s) on development and strengthening of the coordination mechanisms and governance structures for addressing AMR. Full details

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Building momentum for delinked incentives: Key upcoming webinars

Dear All, A brief note today as I am traveling (yes, really … first time in almost 18 months) but wanted to share these 3 important upcoming meetings. The theme I expect to hear running through them all is that (i) innovation is possible (the CARB-X Year 5 report is amazing!), (ii) new antibiotics must both

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Antibiotic supply chains: Challenges & Opportunities

Dear All, In a report entitled Understanding the Antibiotic Manufacturing Ecosystem: A view of global supply chains, pressure points, and implications for antimicrobial resistance response, the Boston Consulting Group and Wellcome Trust have examined at length the questions of (i) how the #FireExtinguishersOfMedicine are made and (ii) how they can be made with the least impact

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NIAID BAA To Support In Vitro Diagnostic Product Development

Dear All, Excitingly, NIAID has released a new BAA (Broad Agency Announcement) entitled “Diagnostics Pre-Clinical Services Program.” Similar to the prior BAA for support of biopharmaceutical product development, this new BAA for diagnostic devices seeks a group who can manage a “multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract” (read that slowly!) and through it offer a comprehensive

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UK Pull (Netflix) pilot: QALY value of new antibiotics implies societal value > 10m GBP/year!

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for co-authoring this newsletter), We’ve written before about the UK’s “Netflix” pilot antibiotic Pull incentive in which England leads the way on showing how it plans to provide its fair share of a global antibacterial Pull incentive (for background on Pull incentives, see this superb 5-minute video explainer). In

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