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MedPage Today: Drug Repurposing for COVID-19 – What Went Wrong?

MedPage Today recently published an article featuring insight from Rena Conti, Associate Research Director of the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Rena spoke on the need for affordable and accessible COVID-19 treatment, especially with the sheer scale and number of those affected by the pandemic.

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MedPage Today recently published an article featuring insight from Rena Conti, Associate Research Director of the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Rena spoke on the need for affordable and accessible COVID-19 treatment, especially with the sheer scale and number of those affected by the pandemic.

Early in the pandemic, the U.S. failed to evaluate repurposed drugs for COVID-19 and “pursued an almost singular focus on vaccines that was very unusual and clearly driven by leadership.

Rena M. Conti is an Associate Professor at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. From 2006 through June 2018, Professor Conti was an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Chicago Medical School and the Harris School of Public Policy. She is a health economist and her research focuses on the organization, financing and regulation of medical care. She has written extensively on the pricing, demand and supply of prescription drugs.

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