Pharmaceuticals play a central role in health care throughout the world. The pharmaceutical industry is beset with difficulties as increasing research and development expenditure yields fewer new treatments. Public and private budgets strain under the weight of high prices and limited access. The world's poor see little effort to address diseases prevalent in less affluent societies, while the world's wealthy are overusing prescription drugs, risking their health and wasting resources.
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1. The challenges we face 2. Promoting innovation : patents, subsidies, prizes and prices 3. Policies on innovation : past, present, and future 4. The global regulatory environment : quality, safety, and efficacy 5. Medicines for the developing world 6. The use of medicines : education, information, and persuasion 7. Regulation and the role of the courts 8. Specialized policy areas : vaccines, biologicals, and blood products : alternative and traditional medicines : self-medication : counterfeit medicines 9. The rich, the poor, and the neglected 10. Global and regional policies : the way ahead.