Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts


Galit Gonen


Research into new uses for known drugs should be encouraged because the “repurposing” of known drug molecules can be a highly effective route of innovation for pharmaceutical companies. Investment in the development of these products should be rewarded. However, incentives that are designed to reward innovation must be in line with the size and value of the innovation in order to maintain a sustainable balance between incentivizing research and developing and encouraging a competitive market. In the context of encouraging innovation of new uses for known drugs, factors that facilitate access to drug development and innovation should also be considered in addition to incentives.

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