Novartis has launched Novartis Access, a portfolio of 15 medicines to treat chronic diseases in low- and low-middle-income countries. The portfolio addresses cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and breast cancer and will be offered to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other public-sector healthcare providers for $1 per treatment, per month.
The Novartis Access portfolio includes patented and generic Novartis medicines. It will be launched first in Kenya, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Over the coming years, Novartis plans to roll out Novartis Access to 30 countries, depending on demand.
The products included in the Novartis Access product portfolio have been selected based on the World Health Organization's Essential Medicines List and are among the most commonly prescribed medicines in these countries. Novartis expects this new approach to be commercially sustainable over the long term, enabling continuous support in those regions.
Each year, about 28 million people die from chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries, representing 75% of deaths from NCDs globally. By 2025, the WHO projects that 75% of all deaths will be due to NCDs, mostly due to the rapid increase of NCDs in poverty-stricken areas.
Novartis is launching Novartis Access to coincide with the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015, where the new Sustainable Development Goals will be adopted.
To more effectively address the rapid rise of chronic diseases in low- and low-middle-income countries, Novartis is actively seeking to partner with governments, NGOs and other public-sector organizations to strengthen healthcare systems. Areas of potential collaboration include programs to raise awareness about diseases, train healthcare workers to diagnose and treat chronic illnesses and strengthen medicine distribution systems.