Presidency at IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations) under overarching theme of "Accelerating Access"

Darmstadt, Germany, November 4, 2014 - Stefan Oschmann, CEO Pharma and Member of the Executive Board of Merck, was elected President of IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations) during today's 27th IFPMA Assembly in New York, U.S.A. The term of office of Oschmann, who has been Vice President at IFPMA since 2012, runs two years. He succeeds John Lechleiter, Chairman, President and CEO of the Executive Board of Eli Lilly and Co.
"I plan to focus my presidency on 'accelerating access' to quality health solutions for people in low and middle income countries to contribute to the sustainability challenge," Oschmann said today. "Much progress has been achieved in expanding access to health in these countries but the call for 'accelerating access' demonstrates that there is still so much that needs to be done and only together can we make a lasting difference."
During his speech today Oschmann underscored the priority areas which will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda and his overarching mandate of
'accelerating access': "Recognizing and nurturing innovation through local entrepreneurship in low and middle income countries is one of the principal ways we can contribute to accelerating access. The need for stronger health systems in these
countries and for building healthcare capacities through local empowerment is one

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area where we can also help to accelerate access. The Ebola crisis is clearly a case in point. Addressing gaps and challenges in tackling the current Non-Communicable Disease epidemic is another way we can help these countries to accelerate access and overcome the burden posed by chronic diseases."
Promoting access to health solutions, not only medicines, to underserved populations across the world is a priority for Merck and part of how Merck conducts business responsibly and ethically. Merck strives to provide comprehensive high quality health solutions to under-served populations and patients in low- and middle-income countries regardless of their ability to pay. In the 'Access to Medicine Index' Merck has made significant progress during the last years and currently ranks number eight in the world in the latest available ranking.

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IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry's 1.3 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health.

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