Garfield Award 2007

Garfield Award 2007

Who Benefits from New Medical Technologies?

"Who Benefits from New Medical Technologies? Estimates of Consumer and Producer Surpluses for HIV/AIDS Drugs"

Publication: Forum for Health Economics & Policy. Volume 9, Issue 2, Article 3, 2006, (Biomedical Research and the Economy).

Co-authored by: Professor Tomas J. Philipson of the Department of Economics at the Harris School & Anupam B. Jena, a Bing Center Fellow at RAND Corporation.

2007 Garfield Award Presented to Philipson, Jena


Mark McClellan, MD, PhD; Tomas Philipson, PhD; Anupam Jena, PhD; and Eugene Garfield, PhD

Photo by Mike Gatty/DCEventPhotos.com

Health economists Tomas Philipson, PhD, and Anupam Jena, PhD, received the 2007 Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award on October 9. The two were recognized for their work, "Who Benefits from New Medical Technologies?" published in the Forum for Health Economics and Policy in 2006.

Philipson is a professor at the University of Chicago. Jena completed his PhD in economics from the university and is a third-year medical student.

Philipson and Jena's study found that the past and future gains in survival from HIV/AIDS therapies developed from 1980-2000 are valued at nearly $1.4 trillion. The authors also found that only 5% of the value of these drugs went to their innovators. This low rate of return, they argue, may reduce the incentive for future innovation in HIV/AIDS research.

More than 100 guests were in attendance for the award presentation at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America's board chair, spoke of the importance of the award. "We must be able to tell the economic side of the story. The return on investment, the economic value of research is important to businesses, local economies and our nation."

Eugene Garfield, PhD, the award's benefactor, and Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, chair of the award selection committee, presented the award.

Garfield is president and founding editor of The Scientist and creator of the Science Citation Index. "Research is not a sometime thing," he said. "It is something that we have to keep on supporting if we want to improve the standard of living in our lives."

McClellan, former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, described the work of past Garfield Award winners.

"It is very encouraging to note that Americans are becoming well aware of the important contributions of scientific research to the economic welfare of our nation and communities around the country," McClellan said. "As you have heard from some of the other Garfield Award winners' studies, the best way to incentivize more work to improve health is to put value behind it."

Philipson presented the paper's methodology and concluded, "If health improvements generated by research and development into new medical technologies are so valuable, then why are we not investing more?"

Mary Woolley, Research!America president, said, "We need much more work like that of Dr. Philipson and Dr. Jena to show how important health-related research is for our nation's economy as well as our length and quality of life."

Download an audio file of McClellan's remarks or read a transcript.

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