In Defense Of “Me-Too” Drugs: Is Primary Care Losing Out To Rare Disease R&D?
Regulatory and financial incentives have sparked major investment in orphan drug development, but now some stakeholders are questioning whether the focus on orphans is orphaning another market: primary care conditions that are still not adequately treated. Are incentives needed?
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