July 07, 2014

Research Roundup: SFOPS, new FDA guidance, top trends in global health, new report on global health R&D, and more

Senior Program Assistant

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

Last week the House Appropriations Committee easily approved the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee’s (SFOPS) appropriations bill. Both chambers have also released their accompanying reports which provide policy language that gives further clarity on the policymakers’ thinking and intent.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guidance to assist sponsors in drug development for the treatment and prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) for low- and middle-income countries. The guidance is intended to represented the FDA’s current thinking regarding drug development for NTDs, including clinical trial designs and internal review standards to support approval of drugs.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a global action plan to effectively treat drug-resistant superbugs. Prime Minister Cameron appointed ex-Goldman Sachs Chief Economist Jim O’Neill to lead the analysis on the issue and identify why few new antibiotics are being developed. The O’Neill Commission will also develop a plan for “encouraging and accelerating antibiotic development,” as well as explore incentive mechanisms for drug makers to produce antibiotics even if they are rarely used.

Global Health Council (GHC) Executive Director Christine Sow recently wrote about the top ten trends shaping today’s global health outlook. Sow—who was made executive director of the GHC last November—went on a “listening tour” over the last three months to get a better sense of the global health community’s priorities and needs.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on global tuberculosis (TB) in the United Kingdom has released a new report on research and development for global health. The report seeks to explain why diseases that kill so many are neglected in research efforts, and provides a wide range of views and ideas on how to solve the problem.