Teva Pharmaceuticals and Volunteers in Medicine Partner to Expand Access to Healthcare in the U.S.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities provide free primary healthcare clinics for families and individuals, today announced their 2014 National Partnership to make healthcare services more readily available to the uninsured.
Currently, there are 96 VIM clinics in 29 states, providing free general primary care, medications and patient education programs – as well as specialized services such as pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology and counseling at some clinics – to thousands of people without access to care. This partnership will strengthen VIM’s ability to open additional clinics across the U.S., increase support services to VIM clinics, and promote awareness of the organization. In addition, Teva will provide monetary contributions to support the operations of VIM clinics located near a Teva business presence.
“At Teva, we make quality healthcare accessible to patients around the world. This is not only a business objective, but also a philanthropic commitment,” said Allan Oberman, President and CEO, Teva Americas Generics. “Through partnerships like this, Teva helps to increase access to our medicines and improve the overall health of our local communities.”
Teva provides access to healthcare not only through its business model of developing, manufacturing and marketing high quality generic and specialty medicines, but also through significant philanthropic programs, complemented by key alliances with partners – such as VIM – that advance a common commitment to address unmet medical needs.
VIM supports communities by offering planning assistance at no charge to local organizing individuals or teams that have identified the need for a VIM clinic. VIM staff members guide the clinic development process, providing resources, insight, and support through each phase of the clinic development process. Once open, each clinic becomes a member of the VIM Alliance, eligible to receive ongoing services from the national office.
“This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for VIM and Teva to achieve mutual goals of expanding the delivery of healthcare services to the uninsured,” said Amy Hamlin, Executive Director of VIM. “Additionally, the lives of medical and non-medical volunteers are enriched by serving neighbors in need.”
VIM patients have nowhere else to go for healthcare services: they earn too much to qualify for government assistance; work in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance; or earn too little to purchase health insurance on their own. Teva and VIM look forward to working together in 2014, helping to provide access to quality healthcare to these patients around the country.
About Teva Pharmaceuticals: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, production and marketing of generic and proprietary branded pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Teva is among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.
About Volunteers in Medicine (VIM): Volunteers in Medicine assists communities in the development of free health care clinics for America’s uninsured. These clinics emphasize the use of retired and community volunteers to deliver quality health care services. www.volunteersinmedicine.org
Denise Bradley, VP, Corporate Communications
Volunteers in Medicine
Amy R. Hamlin, Executive Director