About the Access to Medicine Foundation
The Access to Medicine Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands. Their mission is to stimulate and guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the people living in low- and middle-income countries without access to medicine. They are analysing pharma companies’ actions and policies regarding access to medicine and benchmark companies against each other, identifying best practices and progress gaps. The Foundation publishes the Access to Medicine Index every two years since 2008, the first Index of its kind to rank top 20 research-based pharmaceutical companies with respect to their efforts to improve global access to medicine.
Please find more information here: https://accesstomedicinefoundation.org/
About the Access to Medicine Index
2 billion people in the world have no access to medicine. The Index gives insight into what the pharmaceutical industry is doing to improve this situation.
The Access to Medicine Index independently ranks pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to improve access to medicine in developing countries. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK and Dutch governments, the Index has been published every two years since 2008. It is a product of a two-year process known as the ‘Index cycle’. During year one of the cycle, the Foundation focuses on reviewing the previous Index and consulting expert stakeholders to prepare the methodology for the next Access to Medicine Index. Year two is spent collecting, verifying and analysing data from pharmaceutical companies. Finally, the results are published in a new Access to Medicine Index, and the cycle begins again.
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About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, the vibrant science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 53,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2017, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 15.3 billion in 66 countries.
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