Journal article

Economic and practical challenges to the formulation of vaccines against endemic infectious diseases such as malaria

Magdalena Plebanski, Ester Lopez, Owen Proudfoot, Brian M Cooke, Mark von Itzstein, Ross L Coppel

Methods | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2006

Abstract

Herein, we analyze in general the current vaccine market and identify potential factors driving and modulating supply and demand for vaccines. An emphasis is placed on changes in regulation in the last 20 years which have led to increased indirect costs of production, and which can create a barrier against the timely use of technological advances to reduce direct costs. Other defining industry characteristics, such as firm numbers and sizes, cost and pricing strategies, nature extent and impact of Government involvement and international regulation are noted. These considerations, far from being removed from basic vaccine research, influence its ability to achieve aims that can be then progr..

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