Public Sector Funds Contributed Up To 5 Times More Than J&J In Developing New TB Drug, Analysis Finds

STAT: Public funding underwrote much of the development of J&J’s drug for TB, analysis finds
“Amid ongoing debate over taxpayer dollars used to generate medicines, a new analysis contends that public investments contributed up to five times more than what Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) spent to develop Sirturo, its groundbreaking drug for tuberculosis. Public sector funds worth an estimated $455 million to $747 million were used to pay for clinical trials, tax credits, administration of a tax-deductible donation program, and a redeemable regulatory voucher, according to the analysis, published in PLoS One…” (Silverman, 9/23).

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