Pharmaceutical companies send aid to Haiti victims

Pharmaceutical companies across the world are gearing up to provide relief to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.  

Novartis: Novartis is providing the equivalent of over  $2.5 million in immediate emergency aid for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. They are providing support in the form of financial aid as well as donations such as essential medicines. Not only this, but Novartis employees the world over are encouraged to make cash contributions to the support effort. Their contributions are to be matched by the company. Speaking of the Earthquake, Dr. Daniel Vasella, CEO of Novartis stated,

“It was with dismay that we learned about the destructive force of the earthquake in Haiti, which has brought such immense suffering to that nation and its people,I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all the people affected and also to assure them of our support. Our experience of providing support in the wake of natural disasters has proven successful, ensuring that we can get aid to the people in need fast and efficiently.”

Abbott are set to provide an additional $2.5million in the form funding and donations of pharmaceutical products to humanitatian aid organisations. The company initially provided aid through Direct Relief International and are now looking to work with relief partners even further to ensure the efficient response to ongoing needs for longer-term recovery efforts.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): GSK have provided medicines valued at $1.4million to the relief effort. These medicines were mainly oral and topical antibiotics, including Bactroban, Zovirax, Augmentin, Ceftin, Zinacef and Zantac.

The company have also committed approximately $408,000 (£250,000) to the British Red Cross to help meet the water and sanitation needs of those affected by the disaster.

 Amgen: The biotechnology company, Amgen, has announced that it will be donating $2million to the Haiti relief effort. The company are also planning to match all staff contributions.

Merck: Merck has announced that it will be making an initial contribution of $350,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief, U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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