Revenues for pharmaceutical companies need to be delinked from sales of antibiotics to avoid their over-use and avert a public health crisis, according to a new report from the Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House.
The main recommendations of the report are:
- A new business model needs to be developed in which the return on investment in R&D is delinked from the volume of sales.
- Increased public financing of a broad menu of incentives across the antibiotic life-cycle is required, targeted at encouraging the development of antibiotics to counter the greatest microbial threats.
- The assessment of current and future global threats arising from resistance should be updated periodically in order to identify which classes of product are a priority for incentives.
- The delinkage model should prioritize both access and conservation.
- Domestic expenditures on the model need to be globally coordinated, including through the establishment of a secretariat, and global participation in the model is the ultimate goal.
The report “Towards a new global business model for antibiotics: delinking revenues from sales” on the chathamhouse.org website