Press release: Partnership with ATOM Coalition
Last updated: 10 November 2022
Amsterdam - Geneva
November 4, 2022
Amsterdam's online medicine platform Everyone.org offers affordable cancer medicines for patients in poorest countries thanks to partnership with ATOM coalition in Geneva.
Everyone.org has been making unavailable medicines accessible to doctors and patients for years. Last year, 2.5 million people from around the world, including doctors and patients from the US, visited the platform in search of latest medicines. Physicians and patients from poor countries do as well. But those drugs are expensive. The Access To Oncology Medicine (ATOM) coalition, an initiative of some patient organizations, the UICC and 4 major pharmaceutical companies, which was presented last May in Davos, aims to reduce cancer in 60 of the poorest countries, amongst others by making better medicines more affordable available. The ATOM coalition, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Everyone.org signed a collaboration in September 2022.
“We have over 1 Million visitors from poor countries on our platform that we currently cannot help because the medicines are too expensive for them. Through this collaboration, these people can find the medicines at for them affordable prices. Together with the coalition partners we will be able to help these patients.” said Sjaak Vink, who founded the platform Everyone.org after he lost a friend who couldn't access the medicines he needed.
By also making the drugs available through the online platform Everyone.org, the ATOM coalition hopes to facilitate and accelerate the knowledge about and availability of cancer drugs for doctors and patients in the poorest countries.
“The number of cancer patients in the poorest countries has exploded over the past ten years. Through the ATOM initiative with pharmaceutical companies and our collaboration with online platform Everyone.org, we hope to contribute to better treatments and to reducing the number of people dying from cancer by at least 25%.” according to Dr. Cary Adams, director of the UICC. Adams has high hopes for cooperation within the ATOM coalition.
In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the parties want to make cancer medicines affordable in 60 low income countries, with the ultimate goal of significantly reducing cancer in these regions. The first affordable medicines will be available in 6 pilot-countries in early 2023.
About the ATOM coalition
ATOM stands for Access To Oncology Medicine and this initiative focuses on the so-called Low-Lower Middle Income Countries (LLMIC). The ATOM coalition was launched in Davos on May 20, 2022 by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the Access to Medicine Foundation, the Max Foundation and pharmaceutical companies Novartis, Roche, Sanofi and AstraZeneca, among others. Meanwhile, more pharmaceutical companies have joined the initiative, which aims to curb and reduce cancer in less developed countries.
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The Amsterdam-based online platform Everyone.org has been making unapproved or unavailable medicines legally and ethically available to doctors and patients in more than 90 countries, including the Unites States, for 7 years now. Their mission is to create access to medicine for all, no matter who you are or where you live.
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