Merck Statement on Increasing Access to Pediatric HIV Treatment


May 18, 2014 1:00 pm ET

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, applauds UNITAID for taking steps to create — in cooperation with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) — an integrated partnership intended to increase access to pediatric HIV treatment by developing improved or new pediatric formulations of HIV medicines. We support efforts to expand treatment of pediatric HIV, which globally lags behind efforts to expand access to treatment among adults.

Merck welcomes this initiative, and is in negotiation with MPP regarding potential licenses on the pediatric formulations of raltegravir (ISENTRESS®). We look forward to engaging with UNITAID, DNDi and MPP as part of this effort to expand access to raltegravir (ISENTRESS®) pediatric formulations.

For nearly 30 years, Merck has demonstrated its commitment to improved access to HIV medicines through longstanding efforts including differential pricing, voluntary licensing, public-private partnerships, philanthropic programs, and continued research and development efforts in HIV.

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