The top 20 pharmaceutical companies have implemented a raft of new initiatives in the last two years. Yet in two important areas, progress remains static.

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The industry pipeline is concentrated on five diseases. Five companies are developing more than half the products for developing countries.

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Half of the companies in the Index are developing medicines tailored for children, with 7% of the overall research pipeline being devoted to “child-size” medicine.

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More companies are tailoring their prices to different segments of national populations.

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Data collection in progress for the 2016 Access to Medicine Index

26 April 2016 |

The world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies are now submitting data for the 2016 Access to Medicine Index, on the measures they are taking to improve access to medicine.

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Independent evaluation finds that the Access to Medicine Index is a catalyst and inspiration for stronger action by pharmaceutical companies

9 March 2016 |

An independent, third party evaluation found that the Access to Medicine Index has made commendable contributions towards advancing the engagement of the pharmaceutical industry with the issue of access to medicine.

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Access to Medicine Foundation presenting to the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

8 March 2016 |

On 9 and 10 March 2016, Damiano de Felice and Danny Edwards will be in London to present the work of the Access to Medicine Foundation at the public hearing and global dialogue hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General High-Level Panel on Acc

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Dialogue on Access to Medicine with Japanese pharma companies

8 January 2016 |

From 12 to 15 January, the Access to Medicine Foundation will be visiting Tokyo, Japan for a series of meetings with Japan-based pharmaceutical companies and other key stakeholders working towards improving access to medicine wo

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A new catalyst for change: methodology for the first Access to Vaccines Index

1 December 2015 |
The Access to Medicine Foundation is introducing a new tool for action – the Access to Vaccines Index. It will analyse how vaccine companies are improving access to high-priority vaccines for communities in need. › Read more

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."
Justine Greening
Justine Greening
The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, UK
This year’s index shows that the pharmaceutical industry has made progress in improving access to vital medicines for the globe’s poorest people, helping to tackle some of the world’s worst diseases. The deadly Ebola outbreak reminds us that there is still much to be done to stop the spread of diseases in developing countries.
Lilianne Ploumen
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands
“The Access to Medicine Index mobilizes the strength of the private sector, impacting the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people on earth. It showcases the synergy of aid, trade and investment.”
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

ETicaNews interviews Damiano De Felice on big pharma & access to medicine

8 April 2016 |

Damiano De Felice, Deputy Director of Strategy at the Access to Medicine Foundation speaks to ETicaNews on how inclusive and sustainable business models of pharmaceutical companies help facilitate access to medicine.

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Jayasree K. Iyer comments on what GSK's new patent policy means for the developing world on Nature

5 April 2016 |

In the article, Jayasree K. Iyer comments on the effect of GSK's move on other companies with bigger cancer portfolios. 

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Jayasree K. Iyer comments on GSK’s approach to IP and Patents on Access to Medicine in the Financial Times

1 April 2016 |

Jayasree K. Iyer shares her views on the announcement made by Sir Andrew Witty regarding GSK's “graduated approach” to Intellectual Property and Patents. She also discusses the overall impact of the approach on the pharmaceutical industry.

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Danny Edwards analyses the impact of GSK's approach to IP and Patents on Access to Medicine on RFI

1 April 2016 |

Danny Edwards analyses the impact of GSK's approach to Intellectual Property and Patents on Access to Medicine on Radio France International. 

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Tara Prasad interviewed on the Zika virus on the BBC World Business Report

26 January 2016 |

Talking to World Business Report on the BBC World Service, Research Programme Manager Tara Prasad discusses the Zika virus, the situation surrounding the development of a vaccine for it, its potential impact and affordability.

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