The MPP model fits the Swiss approach to improving access because it promotes voluntary, collaborative solutions with the pharmaceutical industry for reducing prices of essential patented products, while ensuring the quality of those medicines, and protection of intellectual property rights. This is why we support the MPP in the realisation of its expansion programme.
Alex Schulze, Co-Head of the Global Programme Health, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Central to our vision at AbbVie is developing therapies, such as our pan-genotypic HCV treatment, for the most serious diseases and providing access to those treatments. We are pleased to have reached today’s agreement [Licence agreement on hepatitis C treatment glecaprevir/pibrentasvir] with the MPP.
Laura Schumacher, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, AbbVie
The Government of Pakistan warmly welcomes the agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool and AbbVie to expand access to glecaprevir/pibrentasvir – a very important therapy for the treatment of HCV [hepatitis C] – into territories including Pakistan. The HCV burden in Pakistan is endemic, affecting over eight million of our country’s population and the prevention and treatment of HCV is a national priority. This agreement will considerably aid our efforts and, ultimately, accelerate the permanent elimination of the HCV virus.
Mr Aamer Mehmood Kianai, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Government of Pakistan