Studying the public health implications of antibiotic drug regulation

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant project at Boston University School of Law will support both a mapping study analyzing the state of the law and the application of the law surrounding anti-microbial resistance and a mechanism study to assess the empirical effect of current regulation on antibiotic resistance (including calculation of the effective patent life of antibiotics and empirically testing the patent holder waste hypothesis). Deliverables for this project will include a proposed set of policy recommendations related to the two main approaches to reducing antimicrobial resistance -- innovation and conservation. Dissemination will be via policy briefs and publications in leading health and medical journals.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,996.00

Awarded on: 11/10/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67136


Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, 02215-1401


Kevin Outterson
Project Director


Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio
Project Director