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Diseases of poverty and the 10/90 Gap
Philip Stevens, International Policy Network, 12-1-04

The "10/90 Gap" is shorthand for the premise that only 10% of global pharmaceutical research funding is devoted to conditions accounting for 90% of the global disease burden. The rest goes to research on “lifestyle” diseases afflicting wealthy nations. This would be a damning accusation if it was true, but a new report from the Campaign for Fighting Diseases shows that the 10/90 Gap is a myth, and that it is often government policies in poor nations that deny their own citizens access to essential medicines.


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