January 10, 2020
As a global pharmaceutical company with a leading presence in Australia, Mylan is committed to ensuring patients there have access to the medicines they need amid the brush fires that are devastating the country.
As an estimated area of 12 million hectares - which includes bushland, national parks, as well as towns and cities – has been ravaged by fire, Mylan’s team in Australia has worked to ensure that medicines made at our Carole Park facility in Queensland, as well as other medicines we offer, reach Perth at the opposite end of the country and more than 2,000 miles away. In fact, Mylan’s facility in Carole Park is one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, and the billions of doses produced at the site are exported to more than 40 countries around the world.
Because of the raging fires, Mylan’s team has arranged with various freight companies to move from the usual road transport to rail transport because of highway closures between Adelaide and Perth. The team in Australia has also started using temperature-controlled containers to transport medicines by rail.
In addition, Mylan has been approached by several pharmacies to donate medicine to evacuation centers, and particularly Asmol to deal with asthma symptoms brought on by the smoke. Mylan is making more than 6,000 Asmol units available for free to evacuation stations.
Sylvain Vigneault, Mylan’s country manager for Australia, said Mylan’s employees in the state are safe. He said in the company’s spirit of doing good and doing well, many employees have asked about ways to volunteer or help those affected by the fires.
“As a priority, we are looking into how Mylan can best assist the affected areas to recover from this disaster. The generosity shown by the Australian people has been remarkable, and most charities and shelters are now only requesting financial donations,” Vigneault said. “Please keep Australia and those affected in your thoughts and hearts.”
*PBS Expenditure and Prescriptions Report 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019