A possible alternative to pharmaceutical monopolies with high prices would be a global research fund. Such a fund would have to have as many countries as possible paying into it so that there would be enough money to develop new drugs. The global research fund would grant funding to promising research projects and also make sure that new antibiotics as well as other important medicines could be cheaply manufactured without patents and thus exclusive usage rights so then everybody could have access to these vital medicines.
A global research fund could crank up antibiotics research. Dr. Christian Wagner-Ahlfs works with BUKO Pharma-Kampagne, a German non-governmental organisation. His work focuses on research policy, neglected diseases and patent protection. He explains the idea of a research fund to us.
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