Dear All (and note the related 28 Nov 2020 newsletter), Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, made some really interesting statements before the European Parliament’s health committee (ENVI) on Thursday of last week (22 April). Per this Exchange of Views on the EP’s multimedia center and this news report, here are some
Dear All (with thanks to Kevin Outterson for leading this note), HUGE news today: Senator Michael F. Bennet and Senator Todd Young have introduced an updated PASTEUR Act that (if enacted) would create a predictable path to rewarding new #FireExtinguishersOfMedicine for their value to society via a subscription contract (valued at $750m to $3b) that prepays
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” (Paulo Coelho) Dear All, The AMR Action Fund (https://www.amractionfund.com/) announcement today was awesome … indeed, it brought tears to my eyes. I listened in parallel to the presentations from Berlin and Washington where we had an all-star cast of US Senators, EU Members of
G20 Health Minister’s declaration / Calls for push, pull, avoiding price/volume mechanisms, and support of global partnerships!
Dear All: Adding to the continued forward momentum of calls for support of antibiotic R&D, this week’s meeting of the G20 Health Ministers has led to the attached declaration. After some very sound recitations of the importance of health communities and the importance of good infrastructure, we also have calls for R&D preparedness (Para 15), workforce building (Para 22),
Dear All: The TATFAR group has a new and very helpful paper out in Clinical Infectious Diseases in which they analyze 6 different kinds of pull incentives: Higher reimbursement Diagnosis confirmation (lower cost for a few days of empiric therapy, higher cost if diagnostics confirm ongoing need) A fully delinked market entry reward (no sales-based income) A
Dear All: We can’t say it too often … our current approach to buying antibiotics is broken in that it is tantamount to paying the firemen on a per-fire basis. We simply must change this! Driving this change requires persistent effort on the part of many. Over the past few days we’ve had two welcome additions to
Dear All: For your weekend reading list, I have some papers on the topic of (mostly pull) incentives for antibiotics. First, I previously wrote about the survey from TATFAR (Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance) of 6 possible pull models (higher reimbursement, diagnostic confirmation, market entry rewards both fully and partially delinked, tradable exclusivity vouchers, and an options market).
Dear All: Three important documents were released at / during / around the World Economic Forum meeting that occurred this week in Davos. First and foremost, we have the final report from DRIVE-AB. It’s a substantial document and you’ll need to set aside an afternoon to read it. As a way to get started, my 11 Sep 2017
Dear All: You are doubtless now familiar with all the reasons why we need pull incentives for AMR-related products (as background, see this blog). We don’t yet have anything beyond the US GAIN act and it alone will not suffice. In the US, there are discussions this week in the House of Representatives on reauthorizing PAHPA, the
Dear All: Incredibly exciting news! Due to the bipartisan efforts of Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA), the Re-Valuing Anti-Microbial Products (REVAMP) Act of 2018 is now being introduced. This is the Pull incentive that we’ve been looking for in the US! The very short summary is that REVAMP (a) creates a new “priority antimicrobial product” category, (b) grants