Summary of “Will medicine ever recover from the perverse economics of drugs?”

On the show, Congressional hearings took place to investigate why no drugs were available for the disease.
Only 10 drugs existed for orphan diseases; by 2014, that number had grown to more than 450.
‘It’s a collection of common diseases – cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes.
As infectious diseases declined, other more chronic killers became common – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer.
Once the mechanics of a disease began to yield their secrets, researchers could develop drugs to treat.
The Framingham study revolutionised attitudes toward diseases like hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
In the United Kingdom, for example, the National Health Service promotes collaborative research networks investigating rare diseases, and invests directly in neglected disease research rather than using incentives that are vulnerable to exploitation.
After winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, the non-profit organisation Doctors Without Borders used its prize money to launch the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, known also as the DNDi.

The orginal article.