Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes the significant public health challenge that hepatitis C (HCV) presents worldwide, including the substantial burden of the disease in the developing world. With more than 80% of the global HCV patient population living in low- and middle-income countries, there is great need for hepatitis C treatment options in these countries. The significant challenges facing many of these countries are not homogeneous, in particular the need for governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society and industry to form coalitions.
As part of our Company-wide commitment to increasing access to medicines for patient populations in need, we have initiated discussions with government health authorities and other stakeholders in a number of developing countries to facilitate access to daclatasvir. Bristol-Myers Squibb's HCV developing world access approach will utilize tiered pricing, licensing agreements and working in collaboration with other stakeholders who share in our commitment to working toward the eradication of hepatitis C.
Our tiered pricing model for daclatasvir will take into consideration several factors, including countries' economic development and burden of disease, as well as the commitment of the government to holistically address hepatitis C, including treatment and care. The lowest pricing tier will apply to all low-income and least developed countries. In addition, in 90 countries (see list at right), Bristol-Myers Squibb will work with licensed generic manufacturers to supply licensed versions of daclatasvir. We are eager to leverage our considerable experience in developing world access to our HIV medicines in order to bring daclatasvir to the developing world as soon as possible.