The mismatch between the health research and development (R&D) that is needed and the R&D that is undertaken: an overview of the problem, the causes, and solutions

Glob Health Action. 2013 Oct 10;6:22450. doi: 10.3402/gha.v6i0.22450.

Abstract

One of the most pressing global health problems is that there is a mismatch between the health research and development (R&D) that is needed and that which is undertaken. The dependence of health R&D on market incentives in the for-profit private sector and the lack of coordination by public and philanthropic funders on global R&D priorities have resulted in a global health R&D landscape that neglects certain products and populations and is characterised, more generally, by a distribution that is not 'needs-driven'. This article provides an overview of the mismatch, its causes, and solutions.

Keywords: R&D; agenda; pharmaceutical industry; priorities; research funding.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research* / organization & administration
  • Certificate of Need
  • Developing Countries
  • Global Health
  • Health Priorities / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Neglected Diseases / therapy
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Research Support as Topic / organization & administration