The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry is working closely with the Department of Health and the NHS on how our members can best support the Government as plans evolve and we adapt to an ever-changing situation.
This COVID-19 hub gives you access to the most up-to-date information for what pharmaceutical companies are doing to tackle the outbreak.
We represent companies at the cutting-edge of science whose mission is to tackle the world’s healthcare challenges. Our members are in a unique position to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and are already turning their knowledge, resources and experience to developing diagnostics and treatments for the disease.
Pharmaceutical companies have worked to combat a range of infectious diseases such as MERS, SARS, Ebola and influenza. COVID-19 is a new challenge.
Nature Reviews Drug Discovery Apr 2020 (doi: 10.1038/d41573-020-00073-5)
Meanwhile there are around fifty projects exploring a variety of vaccine technologies, many of them industry/academia collaborations, and the most advanced entering early phase clinical trials.
As well as experience working with health authorities and regulators to find a fast-tracked approach to bringing safe and effective medicines to market for patients, we’re also working with the Government to mitigate the impact that coronavirus may have on our everyday activities.
Our members are not currently reporting any concerns about shortages of medicines that relate to the loss of manufacturing capacity as a result of COVID–19 restrictions.
There are robust procedures in place to manage the supply of medicines in the UK, and companies will be taking all possible measures to secure supply for patients - in line with Government guidance.
Dr Richard Torbett, Chief Executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Read more.