GSK leads Access to Medicine Index 2016

GSK has been ranked first in the Access to Medicine Index for the fifth consecutive time, taking a leadership position in research & development; pricing, manufacturing and distribution; and product donations.

Atm Index 2016 Overall Ranking                       

2016 Access to Medicine Index Overall Ranking1

The Index, which recognises GSK for its clear access to medicines strategy and company-wide ownership, is an independent measure of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies' efforts to improve access to healthcare in developing countries. ‍

GSK has topped the Index, which ranks individual companies on their performance across seven categories, each time since its launch in 2008. ‍

Commenting on the 2016 Index, GSK CEO Sir Andrew Witty said:"For the last decade, our commitments to widening access to healthcare have been recognised by the Access to Medicine Index. This is testament to everyone at GSK, and our partners, who strive every day to research, develop and deliver innovative medicines and vaccines. These efforts mean that more children in the poorest countries are being immunised against deadly diseases; more patients can receive the HIV and asthma medicines they need; and essential healthcare is reaching the remotest communities. The fundamental changes we have made to our business model enable us to make our products as available and affordable as possible while generating the returns we need to sustain our business and invest in research. But we cannot stand still. Increasing access is a complex and ongoing challenge, which is reflected in this year’s Index being more demanding than ever. As a business, and an industry, we must push ourselves to go further and faster in strengthening access to healthcare. This is a challenge that we are ready and willing to take on."

Since the last Index in 2014, GSK has taken further steps to widen access, including:

  • Expanding our graduated      approach to patents and intellectual property to widen access to medicines      in the world’s poorest countries. ‍
  • Our malaria candidate vaccine      received a positive scientific opinion from European regulators for use in      the prevention of malaria in young children in sub-Saharan Africa. ‍
  • In an effort to widen access      to Dolutegravir - our newest HIV medicine - our HIV business ViiV      Healthcare extended its existing licence agreement for the adult      formulation of Dolutegravir with the Medicine Patent Pool to cover all      remaining lower middle-income countries, meaning that an additional      270,000 people are covered by the licence which includes more than 94% of      adults living with HIV in the developing world.‍
  • Advancing our Africa Open Lab      to support research into non-communicable diseases and collaborating with      African universities to build skills and capabilities.‍
  • Introducing equitable pricing      strategies for more products, covering a broad range of diseases including      HIV/AIDS, lower respiratory diseases, asthma and pertussis.‍
  • Reaching 1.3 million children      in some of the world’s poorest countries through our Save the Children      partnership. This includes treating children for malaria, pneumonia and      diarrhoea; and reaching children with vaccines. ‍
  • Advancing research into      potential new antibiotics and signing up to industry-wide commitments      setting out commitments to reduce the development of antimicrobial      resistance, invest in R&D and improve access to antibiotics.  ‍‍

These initiatives build on deep-rooted changes we have made to our business model to drive sustainable access and innovation; to encourage collaborative research into diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries; to support communities to strengthen their health systems; and form partnerships with governments, NGOs and other companies to amplify our efforts.

About the Access to Medicines Index:

  • The Access to Medicine Index      is a major initiative of the Access to Medicine Foundation, an      international not-for-profit organisation, established in 2004 and      dedicated to improving access to medicines. The Index provides an overall      ranking of 20 pharmaceutical companies who are measured across a range of      strategic and technical areas.‍
  • The seven technical areas on      which the 2016 Index ranks pharmaceutical companies are: general access to      medicines management; market influence and compliance; research and      development; pricing, manufacturing and distribution; patents and      licensing; capacity building;   product donations.‍
  • The Index – the first of which      was published in 2008, then again in 2010, 2012 and 2014 – also analyses      industry trends in commitments, transparency, performance and innovation.