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The Commercial Market For Priority Review Vouchers

Overview of attention for article published in Health Affairs, May 2016
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The Commercial Market For Priority Review Vouchers
Published in
Health Affairs, May 2016
DOI 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1314
Pubmed ID

David B. Ridley, Stephane A. Régnier


In 2007 the US Congress created the priority review voucher program to encourage the development of drugs for neglected diseases. Under the program, the developer of a drug that treats a neglected disease receives both a faster review of the drug by the Food and Drug Administration and a voucher for a faster review of a different drug. The developer can sell the voucher. We estimated the commercial value of the voucher using US sales of new treatments approved in the period 2007-09. A third of the commercial value of a voucher comes from capturing market share from competitors, nearly half from the value of earlier sales because of the expedited review, and less than a quarter from lengthening the time between approval and the launch of a generic competitor. We estimate that if only one priority review voucher is available in a year, it will be worth more than $200 million, but if four vouchers are available, the value could fall below $100 million. Congress should be cautious about expanding the voucher program, because increasing the number of vouchers sharply decreases the expected price. Lower voucher prices could undermine the incentive to develop new medicines for neglected diseases.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 1 2%
Unknown 54 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 20%
Researcher 9 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 13%
Other 4 7%
Student > Master 4 7%
Other 11 20%
Unknown 9 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 16%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 9 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 13%
Social Sciences 5 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 4%
Other 11 20%
Unknown 12 22%

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