Will longer antimicrobial patents improve global public health?

  title={Will longer antimicrobial patents improve global public health?},
  author={Kevin Outterson and Julie Balch Samora and Karen Keller-Cuda},
  journal={The Lancet. Infectious diseases},
  volume={7 8},
The problem of antimicrobial resistance has led some infectious disease experts and their professional societies to propose the use of transferable intellectual property rights (wildcard patents) and patent term extensions as methods to encourage antimicrobial research and development. We evaluate recent approvals of new antimicrobial classes and find that the number of new introductions is higher than previously suggested. More importantly, creating new patent rights is shown to be an… CONTINUE READING


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