A Voucher System To Speed Review Could Promote A New Generation Of Insecticides To Fight Vector-Borne Diseases
Author: David B. Ridley, Jeffrey L. Moe, Nick Hamon
Many in the scientific community are concerned about the potential increase in prevalence of insect-borne diseases such as Chagas disease, Chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria, and Zika in the United States and around the world. Beyond vaccines and drugs to prevent and treat these diseases, a comprehensive approach to fighting these diseases should include control of disease-carrying vectors, such as mosquitoes. Vector-control methods, such as using insecticides to treat bed nets and spray the walls of homes, have prevented millions of deaths from malaria. However, mosquitoes are becoming resistant to insecticides, and no new class of insecticides for vector control has been introduced in decades. We recommend the creation of a new type of incentive for the development and commercialization of safe new insecticides: a Vector Expedited Review Voucher, to be awarded to a sponsor that introduces a novel insecticide for public health use. The voucher could be redeemed to expedite registration of a second, more profitable, product by the US Environmental Protection Agency.