AZ, Takeda, Novartis Praised For Medicines Access Work But More Is Needed
The 20 major companies in the Access to Medicines Index have made progress in areas like inclusive business models, R&D prioritization and equitable pricing, but not enough is being done to develop new medicines for less profitable diseases or to support flexibilities such as compulsory licensing, says a new report from the Access to Medicine Foundation.
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