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Further Reading: Public Health and Industrial Development

The Interagency Pharmaceutical Coordination Group convened an informal sub-group meeting on the local production of essential generic medicines in Geneva on 30 Sept 2009. The initiative was taken against the background of a rising interest in the topic at various quarters, not last reflected in requests received by UN entities for technical and financial support in this area from member states, multilateral organizations and regional economic communities alike. At the same time, the donor community has shown a growing readiness to finance pertinent interventions. In essence, the meeting took the form of a preliminary stocktaking of the international debate on the pros and cons and the opportunities and limitations of supporting local pharmaceutical production as one means of improving access to drugs.

As one result of the event, UNIDO agreed to collect the publicly available information and pool reports and key studies on the ongoing debate and on existing local production activity. Please find a preliminary listing of studies below that will be regularly updated.

UNIDO Project Publications

Studies: Local Production of Essential Medicines in Developing Countries

Pomatto, V., Lam, C., 2010, Independent Evaluation- Strengthening the local production of essential generic drugs in least developed/developing countries, UNIDO Project TE/GLO/05/015 and TE/GLO/08/030 (PDF, 1 MB)

Anderson, T., 2010, Tide turns for drug manufacturing in Africa, The Lancet, Vol 375 (PDF, 165 KB)

COHRED/NEPAD, 2010, Strengthening Pharmaceutical Innovation in Africa (PDF, 539 KB)

Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA), 2009, The role of local manufacture in improving access to essential medicines, Africa Health (PDF, 159 KB)

IFC, 2008, The Business of Health in Africa: Partnering with the Private Sector to Improve People’s Lives (PDF, 4.8 MB)

Campaign for Fighting Diseases, Bate, R., 2008, Local Pharmaceutical Production in Developing Countries, International Policy Press, London (PDF, 309 KB)

GDI, Liebig, K., 2006, Auswirkungen des internationalen Patentregimes auf die Medikamentenproduktion und den Zugang zu Medikamenten in LDC's, German Development Institute, Bonn (PDF, 495 KB)

Rovira, J., 2006, Creating and Promoting Domestic Drug Manufacturing Capacities: A Solution for Developing Countries?, In Roffe, P., Tansey, G., Vivas-Eugui, D., Negotiating Health Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines, Earthscan, London (PDF, 1.1 MB)

HPN Discussion Paper, Laing, R., Kaplan, W., 2005, Local Production of Pharmaceuticals: Industrial Policy and Access to Medicines. (PDF, 910 KB)

HPN Brief #3, Seiter, A., 2005, Pharmaceuticals: Local Manufacturing (PDF, 47 KB)

DFID, Guimier, J-M, Lee, E., Grupper, M., 2004, The evidence base for domestic production and greater access to medicines, DFID Heath Systems Resource Centre, London (PDF, 359 KB)
 

Working Papers and Project Experience

Strategy Papers