G8 attention to neglected diseases research welcomed

Silversides, Ann
August 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/12/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 4, p316
Academic Journal
The article reports that the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), an independent and non-profit pharmaceutical organization faces the challenge of running clinical trials on promising drugs in remote, hard-to-access parts of the world. The Group of Eight (G8) pledged to support research into treatments for neglected diseases of the newly opened North American branch of DNDi based in New York City. The mission of the pharmaceutical organization is to discover and develop new drugs and ensure access to treatments for three tropical diseases which are sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, and Chagas. The initiative was created because the market-driven drug development system was not researching treatments for patients in the developing world.


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