On July 18, 2017, the New York Times published PFAM founder, Fran Quigley, in its opinion page entitled "Fixes". In the article, Quigley covers the Zika virus, neglected diseases, and what is being done to alter the status quo. Below is a couple of snippets, but follow this link to read the rest of the article!
"The industry spends far more on lobbying government agencies to extend monopolies on high-cost drugs — or hand out deals like the Zika vaccine — than it does on research for a vaccine against dengue fever, which poses a risk for 40 percent of the world’s population."
"Pécoul and Doctors Without Borders decided to tackle the diseases that were killing the global poor. Doctors Without Borders dedicated its 1999 Nobel Peace Prize award money to providing seed funding for the Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative, known as D.N.D.I. The aim was to see what could be accomplished when research priorities ignore questions of profitability, and the price of medicines is “delinked” from research costs, which are instead shouldered by public financing or philanthropy."