Current Problems in the Chemotherapy of Parasitic Diseases — The Role of the Pharmaceutical Industry
The last decade has seen the progressive withdrawal of industrial Research and Development from the field of tropical parasitic disease. If the downward trend persists at the same rate, the already acute situation of absence of suitable drugs for control programmes in high prevalence diseases such as filariasis, schistosomiasis, malaria and trypanosomiasis could become irreversible. The reason for this withdrawal is essentially one of economics. Industry is concentrating its effort in disease areas offering reasonable chance of return on investment. The problem is how to equate the humanitarian needs of the increasing population of developing countries with the need for profitability adequate to maintain viability in industry. A possible answer lies in current WHO policy for establishing collaboration with industry and the recruitment of external expertise and funding supportive to industrial effort.
KeywordsDrug Development Parasitic Disease Drug Resistant Strain Drug Registration Stanford Research Institute
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