Boston University School of Law

Combating Antibiotic Resistance Through the Health
Impact Fund

Kevin Outterson
Boston University School of Law

Thomas Pogge
Yale MacMillan Center; Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics;
Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature

Aidan Hollis
University of Calgary - Economics


Boston University School of Law, Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-30
(June 21, 2011)

Abstract

The Health Impact Fund (Hollis & Pogge 2008) is an innovative financing mechanism for global drug discovery and dissemination, separating the recovery of sunk R&D costs from the market price of the drug, also known as de-linkage. Aaron Kesselheim and Kevin Outterson have recently proposed a mechanism to reimburse companies for antibiotics according to their social value, but conditioned on achieving conservation goals to limit resistance (Kesselheim & Outterson 2010, 2011). This paper will explore whether this antibiotic resistance pay-for-performance proposal can be adapted to the framework of the Health Impact Fund. If these proposals can be meshed, then antibiotics might be an interesting therapeutic class for a test of the Health Impact Fund.

Keywords: health impact, antibiotic, resistance, pay-for-performance

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Suggested Citation:

Outterson, Kevin, Pogge, Thomas and Hollis, Aidan, Combating Antibiotic Resistance Through the Health Impact Fund (June 18, 2011). Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper, No. 11-30 (June 21, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1866768.

Kevin Outterson
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Email address: mko@bu.edu
Office Phone: (617) 353-3135


Thomas Pogge
Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs
 Yale MacMillan Center
 P.O. Box 208206
 New Haven, CT 06520-8206
 United States
 203-4322272 (Phone)
email: tpogge@gmail.com

 

Aidan Hollis
Professor
 University of Calgary - Economics
 2500 University Drive, NW
 Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
 Canada
 403-220-5861 (Phone)
 403-220-5262 (Fax)
email: ahollis@ucalgary.ca

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