The Access to Medicine Foundation is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving access to medicines to societies in need. Based in Haarlem, The Netherlands, the foundation publishes the Access to Medicine Index, the first index of its kind to rank pharmaceutical companies with respect to their efforts to enhance global access to medicines.
Access to medicines remains a very serious concern for billions of people
suffering from disease and is still a primary challenge for the global health
system. Reflecting the key role of the pharmaceutical industry in addressing the
challenges of access, it is essential that the Access to Medicine Index’s
approach to monitoring and evaluating the performance of the industry in this
work is robust, balanced and comprehensive.
As such, the Index team, based on consultations with the industry and various
civil society organizations, and in conjunction with the Expert Review Committee
and Technical Subcommittees, has undertaken a review of the methodology for
Index 2012. This multi-stakeholder consultative approach took place during 2011.
It has enabled the Index team to make refinements that strive to capture the
changing realities of the global health community, including the pharmaceutical
industry and, most importantly, those in less affluent nations who suffer from
diseases for which access to medicines is often problematic...