EBA pharmaceutical community has provided aid to hospitals and health care workers during the pandemic
Leading Ukrainian and international pharmaceutical companies are united by a common goal – to develop, produce, and provide patients with quality, effective, and safe drugs. However, the activities of pharmaceutical companies are not limited to this main goal which undoubtedly has its social significance. Today, in the context of the crisis in Ukraine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, both renowned global companies operating in Ukraine and some well-known Ukrainian manufacturers continue to demonstrate their social responsibility and public commitment by providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine’s health care system.
EBA Health Care Committee is proud that its pharmaceutical member companies have contributed their humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EBA Health Care Committee member companies have provided Ukrainian health care facilities with a significant number of necessary equipment because, unfortunately, frontline health care workers here are insufficiently protected. Thus, Ukrainian hospitals received medical masks, reusable medical respirators, medical goggles, medical gloves, reusable full-face masks for invasive ventilation, protective suits, disinfectant solutions, ventilators, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps, patient monitors, defibrillators, electrocardiographs, and other equipment for emergency medical care.
It is generally estimated that for the period from March to May 2020 the pharmaceutical companies of the EBA Health Care Committee, namely Abbott Ukraine LLC, Arterium Corporation, AstraZeneca Ukraine, Bayer, Beringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH Representative Office KG in Ukraine, AbbVie, Novartis*, Pfizer Export BV Representative Office in Ukraine, Roche Ukraine, Sanofi, Servier Ukraine, Teva Ukraine, and Farmak provided assistance to Ukraine in the total amount of 300 thousand euros and more than 30.2 million hryvnias. We are also pleased to give more details on the charitable activities of the abovementioned pharmaceutical companies.
At the moment, Abbott Ukraine LLC has already donated about 700,000 hryvnias to charitable foundations and medical institutions from different regions of Ukraine. The donation was used to purchase personal protective equipment, disinfectants, medical equipment, and medicines.
Since the start of the pandemic, Arterium Corporation has established a fund to fight the new infection. Thus, the fund of UAH 12 million is used to buy personal protective equipment for doctors, special equipment for hospitals, and the laboratory of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. So far, more than 13,000 units of protection were purchased. Arterium Corporation also donated 20,000 packages of various medicines that are on-demand in the current situation. In the near future, Arterium Corporation also plans to purchase and transfer about 20,000 units of personal protective equipment and 11 units of technical equipment to medical institutions.
In recent months, AstraZeneca Ukraine has carried out two charitable projects for Ukraine. In May 2020, the company handed over 150,000 protective medical masks to the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. These supplies will be given to health care workers from different regions of Ukraine who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients. In addition, the company has contributed to the renovation of laboratory furniture for the Center for Public Health in the amount of more than 290 thousand hryvnias. Thus, the virology reference laboratory of the Center for Public Health has received the laboratory furniture that meets modern international standards. This charitable assistance will increase the protection of laboratory specialists who daily diagnose samples to detect the presence of the COVID-19 pathogen.
Bayer helps medical institutions in Ukraine by providing medical equipment to monitor the condition of patients. Funds in the amount of UAH 1 million were used to purchase critical medical equipment for Berdychiv City Hospital and Popilnyanska Hospital in Zhytomyr Oblast. Assistance in the form of pulse oximeters, infusomats, patient monitors, defibrillators, electrocardiographs will be delivered to medical institutions to support doctors and patients who are exposed to the COVID-19.
Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG Representation in Ukraine in 2020 is providing charitable assistance to several hospitals, associations, and foundations to support Ukraine’s health care system in the fight against COVID. 19. The assistance has already been partially delivered. The target contribution of the company, aimed at overcoming the COVID-19 epidemic in Ukraine, is 20 thousand euros which include masks and protective suits for doctors, and financial assistance in general.
Today, AbbVie provides charitable assistance to several countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the company has provided $ 35 million to support health systems and communities in need of assistance and coping with the effects of the pandemic. It is also well known that the efficacy of lopinavir/ritonavir against COVID-19 is still being studied worldwide; however, it can be used as an experimental treatment option. AbbVie provides lopinavir/ritonavir free of charge upon request from the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
Novartis * provided targeted charitable assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 250,000 USD. Funds aimed at helping Ukraine fight COVID-19 should be used to purchase monitoring equipment and personal protective equipment for doctors. The company also donated 140,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for the treatment of patients.
* Novartis is represented in Ukraine by Sandoz LLC and Novartis Pharma Services AG Representative Office in Ukraine.
Addressing the request from the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Sanofi provided Ukraine with Plakvenil® (hydroxychloroquine) as humanitarian aid. The company implemented this step as a part of its decision to help 50 countries whose authorities have made a respective request. In total, the company has provided countries with 100 million doses of the drug.
Servier Ukraine LLC provides charitable assistance to 70 healthcare facilities throughout Ukraine to purchase protective equipment for medical personnel, disinfectant solutions, and emergency care equipment for patients with COVID-19.
Teva Ukraine is also involved in providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and is supplying Ukrainian hospitals with personal protective equipment and disinfectants. The total contribution of the company is 3.5 million hryvnias. About 8,300 family doctors from different regions of Ukraine will receive the necessary equipment for this amount.
Farmak has allocated 10 million hryvnias to a charity fund to counter the spread of coronavirus. These funds have already been used to purchase 3 US-made ventilators, a digital ultrasound diagnostic system, and other equipment for intensive care units for hospitals in Kyiv, Shostka, and Ruzhyn. Also, Kyiv hospitals received an electrocardiograph, a defibrillator-monitor, and a patient monitor; 13 doctors will be trained to work with the equipment. Also, 17 hospitals of Ukraine received the necessary means of protection, such as protective suits, protective medical masks, medical gloves, respirators of protection class FFP2 and FFP3, goggles, disinfectants and medicines manufactured by Farmak. In addition, 4,000 protective suits made will be sewn for Ukrainian doctors from material that meets European quality standards.