21.11.2003: Meldung: Pfizer to donate 135 Million doses of antibiotics to developing nations

U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc. has announced it will donate 135 million doses of its antibiotic drug Zithromax to help developing countries fight trachoma, which is the world"s leading cause of blindness and currently affects 146 million people worldwide. With patent protection on Zithromax set to expire in early 2006, The Washington Post reports that Pfizer"s donation represents "the largest donation of a patented drug to charity on record."

Pfizer, which has already donated eight million doses of Zithromax over the past five years, started its program in two countries and will now expand its donation to reach 11 nations in Africa and Asia. Pfizer"s prior donation of Zithromax in Morocco has brought trachoma incidents down by 90 percent from 1999 levels, reports the Post. According to The Boston Globe, Paula Luff, Pfizer"s international philanthropy program director, said, "There came to be an understanding that we needed to do something to bring this to scale quickly in order to meet the goal of trachoma elimination."

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