Which Big Drug Companies Are Helping the Poor? Here’s the List

The New York Times

Donald G McNeil Jr covers the 2016 Access to Medicine Index, with a focus on the power of company CEO’s to set the pace of change.

The index measures how well the world’s top 20 pharma companies do at getting their drugs and vaccines — and often their scientific expertise — to the world’s poorest countries.

The list was created by Wim Leerveld, a Dutch former pharmaceutical executive, and grew with early support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Dutch and British governments. At first, many drug companies ignored its requests for information.

Now, virtually all cooperate. Some have created global health divisions and even compete to do well on the list…

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