KARACHI: Sanofi-Aventis Pakistan Limited and the Patients’ Behbud Society (PBS) at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday for a ‘Patient Access Program’ which would support patients of breast, prostate and head and neck cancers. The initiative intends to lower the out-of-pocket financial burden on patients and would allow access to Sanofi’s oncology product. “Ensuring equitable access for all is a complex challenge,” said Sanofi Pakistan Managing Director Asim Jamal. He added that Sanofi, as a global healthcare company, and PBS, an independent charitable organisation responsible for collection and distribution of Zakat, were collaborating to increase access to cancer therapy at AKUH for mustehiq [eligible] patients. Pakistan has the highest incidence of cases of breast cancer among Asian countries and an increasing number of patients with prostate and head and neck cancers.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2019.