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Access to Medicine Index 2016

The Index analyses 20 of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical companies on how they make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics more accessible in low- and middle-income countries.

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In 2016, the Index found moderate progress in the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to improve access to medicine.

  • Leaders see business rationale in investing in access
  • Two companies have made significant leaps in performance: AstraZeneca and Takeda
  • All companies improved in at least one measure


Goldman Sachs & UBS to co-host investor launches of 2018 Access to Medicine Index

05 Nov 2018
Goldman Sachs & UBS will co-host the series of investor launches of the new 2018 Index, in London, New York City and Tokyo. The Index will be published on Tuesday 20 November.

New Access to Medicine Index to launch on 20 November 2018

22 Oct 2018
The 6th Access to Medicine Index will be published in November 2018. The latest ranking will show what the world’s 20 largest research-based pharmaceutical companies are doing to improve access to medicine for the world’s poorest populations.

New paper explains expanded Index focus on global health R&D

03 Aug 2018
The 2018 Index newly covers all diseases identified as priority targets for global health R&D, as set out in a new article published in Health Research Policy and Systems.

Data analysis gathers pace for 2018 Access to Medicine Index

03 Aug 2018
Scoring for the 6th Access to Medicine Index is now complete. Trend analysis is underway and the team is identifying best practices and opportunities.

Access to Medicine Index gains first Japanese signatory investor

08 Jun 2018
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings is the latest investor to publicly endorse the Access to Medicine Index, becoming the 68th signatory to the Index investor statement. The Tokyo-based company manages assets of USD 497 billion.

New IP-sharing framework to accelerate R&D

21 Feb 2018
The Access to Medicine Foundation has worked with BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) to develop a framework for identifying which IP assets are most difficult for companies to share, yet most likely to speed up R&D of the medicines and vaccines needed by people living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

How the Access to Medicine Foundation is raising the bar for Index making

13 Feb 2018
The Foundation’s sixth Index cycle is proving to be its most innovative – this article provides a brief rundown of the groundwork laid for the next Access to Medicine Index and new approaches for digging into the practical steps companies are taking to improve access to medicine.

New: latest framework for action by pharmaceutical companies on access to medicine

05 Oct 2017
Today, the Access to Medicine Foundation has published the methodology for the 2018 Access to Medicine Index. It pinpoints where pharmaceutical companies have the greatest potential for improving access to medicine in low- and middle-income countries.

Report cards

Detailed overview of each company’s performance in the Index, including breakdowns of their product portfolios and R&D pipelines.

Best and innovative practices

Browse the 57 company activities identified by the Index that represent either an innovative or best-in-class practice.

“Pharmaceutical companies, as the innovators and producers of life-saving medicine,
act early in the value chain. When they take positive steps, the impact on access can be huge.”

Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation.

key finding:
Research & Development

Collaborative research models appear effective in engaging the industry in developing urgently needed products with low commercial potential

The Index examines 22 diseases and conditions for which the G-FINDER tool from Policy Cures has identified a need for new products with limited commercial incentive. Companies are addressing 18 of these diseases, with most activity focusing

key finding:
Product Deployment

Good practice in making products affordable and available is limited

The Index analyses how pharmaceutical companies deploy medicines, diagnostics and vaccines once they have emerged from the pipeline. It finds that companies generally do not systematically target populations with the highest needs

key finding:
Governance & Compliance

Companies increasingly view access to medicine as a way to develop their business in emerging markets

Companies are refining the ways they organise efforts to increase access to medicine. Most (17) now have a detailed access-to-medicine strategy. AbbVie, Astellas and Daiichi Sankyo are the exceptions. While they have approaches for increasing access to medicine, they have not

key finding:
Capacity Building

Six companies systematically match activities to local priorities when strengthening health systems

The Index has identified six pharmaceutical companies that are consistently addressing independently prioritized gaps through their capacity building programmes. These companies are building local capacities

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