Americares senior vice president of global programs Dr. E. Anne Peterson presented the award Monday at HDA’s Business and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. Americares and HDA created the Power of Partnership Award in 2005 to recognize HDA-member pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to health care for disadvantaged populations.
“Novartis and Sandoz are among our most dedicated supporters, providing product donations that improve health and save lives for over 30 years,” Dr. Peterson said. “Their medications are consistently among the most critically needed—for both emergencies as well as the ongoing needs of communities devastated by poverty.”
Since 1986, Novartis and Sandoz have donated nearly $300 million worth of medicine to support health programs in 113 countries. In recent years, Americares has delivered Novartis and Sandoz products to survivors of several large-scale disasters in the United States, including Hurricanes Katrina, Maria and Michael. For Hurricane Maria alone, Americares delivered more than $4 million in Novartis and Sandoz products to partner health care facilities across Puerto Rico.
“Our purpose is to pioneer new ways to help people access high quality healthcare,” said president of Sandoz US and Head of North America Carol Lynch. “Our corporate responsibility programs are an important part of how we help people around the world access high-quality medicine, and we are delighted to have received the Americares Power of Partnership Award in recognition of our effort.”
“HDA, in partnership with Americares, is proud to honor Novartis and Sandoz for their generosity in helping those in need,” said HDA president and chief executive officer John Gray. “Through their partnership and dedication, countless individuals, including the survivors of the devastating 2018 North American hurricanes were able to receive critical medication, safely and efficiently.”