On Friday May 8, 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services held a listening session to solicit input on the agenda items for the upcoming 68th World Health Assembly. KEI delivered five interventions covering a range of critical WHA topics. The full provisional agenda of the 68th WHA can be accessed here:
The attached PDF file provides counts on the number of patents with various search terms in the specification (spec/”search term”), and the number of those patents that declare either government rights in the patents (govt/government), an assignment to the US government (an/”united states of america”), or both. The complete counts are in the PDF file. The queries were done by Claire Cassedy on December 5, 2014.
On November 24, 2014. the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) sent a letter to Anthony P. Monaco, Office of the President, Tufts University, with copies to Michael Baenen, the Tufts Chief of Staff, and Peter Dolan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Tufts University, regarding the Tufts University press conference to announce an estimate of $2.6 billion as the R&D costs for new drugs. Continue Reading
Leading up to the release of Professor Joe DiMasi’s latest study of the cost of drug development, KEI offered $50 to the individual who could most accurately predict the new cost for drug R&D.
We received 26 guesses, ranging from $1.157 billion to $5 billion.
Joel Lexchin’s estimate ($2.47 billion) was the closest to DiMasi’s number ($2.558 billion). It was also the 5th largest estimate.
A complete list of submissions is below.
Name & Guess
Charles Clift – 1.157 billion
Nicole H – 1.2 billion
Ronald Rader – 1.55 billion
Wouter Deelder – 1.655 billion
A copy of the research note is also available here as a pdf file: /wp-content/uploads/kei-rn-2014-3.pdf
KEI Research Note 2014:3
Size of Clinical Trials, data from the FDA 2010 NME and BLA approvals, preliminary results
November 17, 2014
Frequency of disclosure of federal funding in patents, 2000 to 2011
Following our filing of a march-in petition with the NIH, seeking a rule that government funded inventions be no more expensive in the United States than in other high income countries, I was asked about the extent of federal funding of patented inventions.
Prices for Abbott’s Norvir (generic name Ritonavir) as a Standalone Product in 2010 KEI Research Note 2010:4 August 12, 2010 Anne Mira Guha Prices for Abbott’s Norvir (generic name Ritonavir) as a Standalone Product in 2010 1. Introduction Ritonavir is… Continue Reading