Osaka, Japan, March 29, 2021 – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced it has joined the World Federation of Hemophilia’s (WFH) Humanitarian Aid Program with a five-year product donation of coagulation factor and bypassing agents. The WFH’s Humanitarian Aid Program seeks to improve the lack of access to care and treatment for people with inherited bleeding disorders in developing countries.1 This donation builds on a 30-year partnership with the WFH, driven by Takeda’s belief that every bleed matters and that all men and women with a rare bleeding disorder, wherever they live, should have access to comprehensive, personalized care.
“At Takeda we recognize the need to advance the standard of care for those living with a rare bleeding disorder, as well as the importance of tackling disparities in access to treatment worldwide. To achieve these ambitions, we have to work together as a community and focus on evidence-based advocacy,” said Julie Kim, president of the Plasma-Derived Therapies Business Unit of Takeda. “This five-year product donation aims to help the WFH in improving access to treatment, including prophylaxis to protect joint health. We are pleased to be able to continue collaborating with the WFH on their flagship advocacy and data collection programs, supporting our ambition to achieve a world without bleeds.”
The WFH and its national member organizations have made significant progress in improving diagnosis and access to care through programs such as the World Bleeding Disorder Registry (WBDR) and the Global Alliance for Progress (GAP) program, both of which are supported by Takeda. The WBDR provides a platform for hemophilia treatment centers around the world to collect standardized patient data to help guide clinical practice. It began in 2018 and has a five-year goal of enrolling 10,000 people with hemophilia across 50 countries.2 The GAP program aims to close the gap between developed and developing countries in the diagnosis and treatment of people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders by working with local systems and infrastructures to maximize existing resources and achieve long-term sustainable development.3 Takeda has been a visionary partner and strong supporter of the GAP program since it was launched in 2003. These programs along with the Humanitarian Aid Program strive to advance the standard of care for patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders through evidence-based advocacy.
“Takeda has collaborated with the WFH for over 30 years, playing an important role in several of our programs, including the GAP Program and the WBDR,” said Alain Baumann, CEO of the WFH. “We are thankful that Takeda has now extended their support to the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program. This will allow the WFH to do even more to support bleeding disorders communities in need around the world.”
Following its recent acquisition of Shire, Takeda is a leader in rare hematology with the longest heritage and market-leading portfolio, backed by established safety and efficacy profiles with decades of real-world experience. We have 70+ years driving innovation for patients4 and a broad portfolio of 11 products across multiple bleeding disorders.5 Our experience as leaders in hematology means we are well prepared to meet today’s needs as we pursue future developments in the care of bleeding disorders. Together with the hematology community, we are raising expectations for the future, including earlier diagnosis, earlier and full protection against bleeds, and more personalized patient care.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE: TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetic and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
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