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TitleLocal production of medical technologies and its effect on access in low and middle income countries: a systematic review of the literature
AuthorsKaplan, Warren; Ritz, Lindsay Sarah; Vitello, Marie
PublicationSouthern Med Review. 2011 Dec; 4(2):4-14.
AbstractThe objective of this study was to assess the existing theoretical and empirical literature examining the link between “local production” of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and increased local access to these products. Our preliminary hypothesis is that studies showing a robust relationship between local production and access to medical products are sparse, at best. An assessment of the existing theoretical and empirical literature examining the link between “local production” of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and increased local access to these products reveals a paucity of literature explicitly dealing with this issue. Of the literature that does exist, methods used to date are insufficient to prove a robust relationship between local production of medical products and access to these products. There are mixed messages from various studies, and although the studies may correctly depict specific situations in specific countries with reference to specific products, such evidence cannot be generalized. Our review strongly supports the need for further research in understanding the dynamic link between local production and access to medical products Keywords.
URLhttp://www.southernmedreview.org/index.php/smr/article/view/1002/22