Rare diseases, drug development, and AIDS: the impact of the Orphan Drug Act.

@article{Arno1995RareDD,
  title={Rare diseases, drug development, and AIDS: the impact of the Orphan Drug Act.},
  author={Peter S. Arno and Karen A. Bonuck and Matthew M. Davis},
  journal={The Milbank quarterly},
  year={1995},
  volume={73 2},
  pages={231-52}
}
The Orphan Drug Act provides public subsidies and incentives to spur the development of drugs for rare diseases--drugs that the private sector might otherwise consider unprofitable to produce. Although the act has achieved numerous successes, the high prices and extraordinary sales generated by some orphan drugs lead to a pivotal policy question: how can the act be used to meet the legislative goal of stimulating drug development for small patient populations without resulting in prices that… CONTINUE READING

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