Pharmaceutical companies are becoming more organised in their approach and the Index leaders are increasingly coming to view access as a strategic issue. Access to medicine has landed in more boardrooms.

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The industry is doing more to improve access to medicine than it was doing in 2010. Seventeen out of the 20 companies saw their scores increase and more companies have joined the ranks of the leaders.

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Few companies report having robust measures to ensure clinical trials conducted by contractors are safe and ethical, with the majority providing no evidence of exerting real influence over the way their contractors conduct trials.

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More companies are developing more products, and some now devote 20% of their pipeline to developing new products and adapting existing ones to address the needs of the poor.

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More companies are using tiered pricing schemes, and applying them to a broader range of products and in more countries, but it is unclear whether the price reductions are enough to meaningfully increase affordability.

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GlaxoSmithKline remains top of the league table, but its lead is shrinking, with two newcomers, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi, moving into the top three closely behind and more companies joining the ranks of the leaders. The industry as a whole is gradually progressing.

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Data-collection update: clarification has begun

9 April 2014 |

Data-collection for the 2014 Access to Medicine Index has entered the next stage: following a detailed evaluation of the data, the 21 pharmaceutical companies have started clarifying and supplementing their data. Head of Research, Jayasree K.

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R&D for TB: medicines against drug-resistant TB is the main focus for big pharma

22 March 2014 |

Nine million people suffer from TB, and three million TB patients have no access to treatment.

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Access to Medicine Index in world's 3 most credible sustainability ratings

18 February 2014 |

In the 2013 'Polling the Experts' survey by GlobeScan/SustainAbility, experts have placed the Access to Medicine Index in the three most credible sustainability ratings worldwide. Since 2012, the Access to Medicine Index has moved up from fi

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The Lancet Global Health publishes longitudinal analysis

31 January 2014 |

In a letter published today in The Lancet Global Health, Professor Hans Hogerzeil and members of the Foundation's Research Team set out

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Ten years on, the role for the Index continues to grow

28 January 2014 |

It is ten years since work began on the first Access to Medicine Index. To mark this milestone, the Foundation brought together many of the people who helped make the Index a reality.

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Methodology 2013

What Leaders Say

Dr. Margaret Chan
Director-General, World Health Organization
"The Access to Medicine Index is a very important project. What gets measured, gets done."
Bill Gates
Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"When I talk to executives from pharmaceutical companies they tell me that they want to do more for neglected diseases, but they at least need to get credit for it. The Access to Medicine Index does exactly that."
Knut Kjaer
Former CEO of RiskMetrics Group, Former CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) (1997-2007)
"Companies are beginning to understand that the value of corporate social responsibility programmes is not only the opportunity to do the right thing but that it's good for business as well. The Access to Medicine Index provides companies with a chance to improve performance and explore new business models while helping societies in need."

In the Media

IP Watch talks to Hans Hogerzeil about how the Index works

20 March 2014 |

IP Watch interviews Hans Hogerzeil about how the Access to Medicine Index recognises good pharma practice, and about the importance of measuring companies' efforts to increase access to medicine.

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The Lancet Global Health publishes Index’s first longitudinal analysis

31 January 2014 |

Writing in The Lancet Global Health, Professor Hans Hogerzeil and members of the Index Research Team set out the findings of the first longitudinal analysis based on the Access to Medicine Index – you can read the report in full

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The Economist references the Access to Medicine Index

14 November 2013 |
The Economist profiles the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT), a Japanese research partnership focused on developing treatments for malaria, tuberculosis and Chagas disease.
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De Volkskrant outlines progress towards global disease elimination

1 October 2013 |

Carlijne Vos writes about MSD (Merck & Co.'s) work in eliminating river blindness in the context of global efforts to eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases. The Foundation's Head of Research, Jayasree Iyer, comments with regard to big pharma's role in these initiatives.

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Hans Hogerzeil authors New England Journal of Medicine article on Access to Medicine Index

5 September 2013 |
The New England Journal of Medicine published a perspective article written by Hans Hogerzeil.
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