Improving Access and Addressing Obstacles
Overcoming Obstacles to Access
In 2018, we continued to work to receive approval on products that for many years were out of reach for patients around the world. Many of these products had no or very limited generic or biosimilar competition, therefore the high cost of these life-saving medications restricted access for patients. Our achievements in improving access to biosimilar medicines and generics through our approvals, regulatory submissions and R&D pipeline demonstrate how we continue to positively impact global public health, enabling patients to have an alternative to high-cost medications and improved access to these important medicines.
Advocating for Change in the U.S.
We continue to advocate for changes to the current structural issues in the U.S. healthcare system that hinder access to generics and biosimilars. For instance, we strongly support the need to ensure that generic and brand products are placed on proper formulary tiers to lower out-of-pocket costs for patients, encourage use of generics and biosimilars, as well as create a much-needed generic and biosimilar tier for specialty products.