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Access to Medicines

Access to Medicines

Despite advances in medical science, affordable safe and effective medicines remain inaccessible to billions of people worldwide. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to increase access to essential medicines for people in low-resource countries, especially for poor and marginalized populations.

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Recent Work

Only a Radical Overhaul of the System Can Reclaim Medicines for the Public Interest

The pharmaceutical industry isn’t delivering innovation the public needs—but drug makers are reaping the profits they demand. It’s time to rethink the system.

Ukraine’s Deadly Medicines Bottleneck

With the government turning its back on regions it has lost control of, dwindling medicine stockpiles in Ukraine threaten the lives of thousands.

Briefing Paper
Access to Medicines and the Global Fund

There are growing concerns that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria is fundamentally altering its approach to access to medicines. This briefing paper explores five key areas that illustrate these concerns.

The Way We Get New Medicines Doesn’t Work  

A new documentary details the many ways in which medical innovation prioritizes corporate interests.

How Drug Companies and Bad Patents Put Lives at Risk  

By manipulating a system meant to reward innovation, Big Pharma keeps prices high and competition away.

Sex, Drugs, and Canadian Politics: Advancing Human Rights for Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs  

Pivot Legal Society’s Katrina Pacey and Adrienne Smith discuss how the organization is advancing rights in Canada through litigation and advocacy.

Open Society People

Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations–New York
Project Director, Access to Medicines
Open Society Foundations–New York, Public Health Program