By Maitane Sardon

 

Sanofi said Wednesday that it has created a nonprofit unit aimed at increasing access to medicines in poor countries.

The French pharmaceutical company said the unit, called Sanofi Global Health, will administer medicines that the World Health Organization deems as essential to patients located in 40 lower-income countries.

It will provide medicines to treat, cure or prevent illnesses including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer, it said.

Sanofi said the unit will also fund the training of healthcare professionals and the set up and development of sustainable care systems for people with chronic diseases.

Additionally, the company said it will donate 100,000 vials of medicine a year to patients who suffer from rare diseases and have no access to treatments.

 

Write to Maitane Sardon at maitane.sardon@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

April 07, 2021 05:51 ET (09:51 GMT)

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