What are the Respective Roles of the Public and Private Sectors in Pharmaceutical Innovation?

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Sampat, Bhaven N and Lichtenberg, Frank R (2011) What are the Respective Roles of the Public and Private Sectors in Pharmaceutical Innovation? Health Affairs, 30 (2). pp. 332-339. ISSN 0278-2715


What are the respective roles of the public and private sectors in drug development? This question is at the heart of some policy proposals, such as those that would give the government a share of profits from drugs at least partly developed with federal research dollars. This paper provides empirical data on these issues, using information included in the patents on drugs approved between 1988 and 2005. Overall, we find that direct government funding is more important in the development of “priority-review” drugs—sometimes described as the most innovative new drugs—than it is for “standard-review” drugs. Government funding has played an indirect role—for example, by funding basic underlying research that is built on in the drug discovery process—in almost half of the drugs approved and in almost two-thirds of priority-review drugs. Our analyses should help inform thinking about the returns on public research funding—a topic of long-standing interest to economists, policy makers, and health advocates.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9444
DOI 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0917
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords ResPubID24427, drug products, National Insitutes of Health, HIH, pharmaceutical policies, public reserach funding, priority-review drugs, standard-review drugs, public sector patent, government funding, government support, funding
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