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LUIZA, Vera Lucia et al. Challenges in a product development partnership: a malaria treatment case study. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2017, vol.22, n.7, pp.2197-2211. ISSN 1678-4561.

This paper examines the development of a treatment – a fixed-dose combination of artesunate and mefloquine – in Brazil, from three points of view: in terms of access to medication; to record and report successes; and to look at the lessons learned. This product development took place in the ambit of a public-private partnership. Semi-structured interviews were held with key actors involved in the different phases of the development, and documents were analyzed. Two important points of reference orienting the design of the study and analysis were: a logical model for access to medication; and evaluation of programs. It is concluded that there were several successes over the course of the project, but insufficient attention was given in the project’s architecture to planning of adoption of the product: irregularities in demand caused difficulties in planning and production, and adoption of the product was irregular in the Americas. It is concluded that the project can be considered to have been successful: the product was created, and the aims were met – strengthening of institutional and individual capacities and alliances, and advocacy. However, there were weaknesses in the process, which need to be mitigated in future projects of the same type.

Keywords : Non-profit drug production; Access to drugs; malaria; neglected diseases.

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