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Novartis offers cancer and diabetes drugs for $1 a month

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has launched a new programme allowing patients suffering from non-communicable disease (NCD), such as cancer and diabetes, to buy drugs for $1 – or 0.65p – per treatment, per month.

Through a portfolio of 15 affordable medicines on the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Essential Medicines List, “Norvatis Access” will increase access to medicines against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and breast cancer in 30 low- and middle-income countries.

In Kenya, where the programme is being launched and where the drugs will be available from mid-December, NCDs are predicted to cause more than 60% of deaths by 2030.

According to the WHO, some 28 million people die from chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries each year, representing 75% of such deaths globally. To facilitate access to the medicine, Novartis will be working with local government agencies and NGOs.

Amazon, Lego and Levi top US public perception of CSR

Amazon, Lego and Levi Strauss have topped the Reputation Institute’s 2015 US CSR RepTrak ranking, which highlights the companies that have the best reputations for corporate social responsibility in the US.

The companies are ranked following the analysis of a pool of data...

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