GAIN Begins (Part 2): Infectious Disease Society and Start-Up Companies Push for More
This article was originally published in RPM Report
The ink is barely dry on new antibiotic incentives in the GAIN Act, but the anti-infective development community is pushing for more. New ideas include “pull” incentives modeled on biodefense programs.
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With the FDA bottleneck for new anti-infectives showing signs of improvement, the next concern is whether providers will pay high premiums for new anti-infectives and the related challenge of finding the right patients to make high-cost treatments make sense.
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A year ago, the Pew Trust hosted a meeting on antibiotic development that emphasized the many barriers still discouraging investment in the field despite new legislation (the GAIN Act). Three coincidental announcements in early 2014 show that the development freeze in anti-infectives is beginning to thaw.