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Pharmaceutical groups should invest in public health systems

David Ricks writes that “governments face a clear choice. Mr Ricks, chief executive of Eli Lilly and president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, suggests that drug development should be incentivised in the private sector by extending data exclusivity to further encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest in Alzheimer’s research. In the first instance, it is difficult to see how a public health problem is best tackled by keeping intellectual property in the private sector for even longer than is currently the case.