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1 Nov 2007

Oxfam report says top drug companies focusing on patents, not the poor

In November 2007, Oxfam issued a report, "Investing for life: Meeting  poor people's needs for access to medicines through responsible business practices".  In the report, Oxfam examines the business conduct of 12 pharmaceutical companies with respect to access to medicines for the poor.  The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited all 12 companies to respond to the report.  The results to date are below (any future responses received will be added to this page).

On 6 February 2008 Oxfam sent a rejoinder, commenting on the company responses: "Oxfam rejoinder" [DOC]


Abbott Laboratories statement [DOC]

AstraZeneca statement [DOC]

Bristol-Myers Squibb did not respond

GlaxoSmithKline statement [DOC]

Eli Lilly declined to respond

Johnson & Johnson statement [DOC]

Merck statement [PDF]

Novartis statement [DOC]

Pfizer statement [DOC]
Pfizer's Malaria Platform [DOC]

Roche declined to respond

Sanofi-Aventis statement [PDF] 

Wyeth did not respond


Oxfam Gets A Cold Shoulder From Drugmakers, Pharmalot, 5 Feb 2008 (article commenting on Oxfam's report, the companies' responses, and Oxfam's rejoinder)

Drug makers reject Oxfam targets, in Ethical Corporation, Mar 2008 (scroll down to middle of article)

Company Responses

Abbott Laboratories View Response
AstraZeneca View Response
Bristol-Myers Squibb

No Response

Eli Lilly

No Response

GlaxoSmithKline View Response
Johnson & Johnson View Response
Novartis View Response
Pfizer View Response

No Response

Sanofi View Response
Wyeth (part of Pfizer)

No Response