Access To Brain Health

Dedicated to Improving Brain Health

We are dedicated to improving access to brain health in accordance with World Health Organization’s right to health principles. We advance our research to make innovative medicines available and address barriers to accessibility. We act to increase acceptability of brain diseases and safeguard the quality of our medicines.

Right to health principles

Building on more than 70 years' experience in the research, development and manufacture of medicines for treatment of brain diseases, Lundbeck is consolidating its corporate actions into an Access to Brain Health Strategy. This reflects WHO’s four right to health principles: Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Good Quality.

 

We have defined our aspirations within each of these principles. We will build on our current actions with new initiatives over the coming years:

 

  • Availability: We leverage our specialist knowledge to address the burden of brain diseases and continue to make medicines available.
  • Accessibility: We promote the accessibility of our medicines by addressing discriminatory, physical, economical, and informational barriers.
  • Acceptability: We improve mental health parity, reduce stigma, support national suicide prevention efforts, and enhance cultural acceptability of brain diseases.
  • Good Quality: We provide high-quality medicinal products, safeguard patient safety and combat counterfeit medicine.

We expand on each of these below.

Availability

Lundbeck is engaged in the research and development, production, marketing and sale of innovative pharmaceuticals. We build on our strong scientific understanding of brain diseases to develop transformative medicines, and on our global presence to bring innovative therapies to people living with psychiatric and neurological diseases.

According to WHO, more than 700 million people live with psychiatric and neurological disorders globally.

These are serious and life-threatening diseases that affect quality of life for patients and their relatives. The past 50 years have seen a revolutionary change in treatment options, but there remains a large unmet need.

 

Lundbeck remains committed to delivering the innovation that patients need. We work tirelessly to advance neuroscience, develop new life-changing treatments and support patient communities. Everything we do serves our overall purpose of restoring brain health and transforming the lives of the millions of people living with brain diseases.

Annual report

Read about Lundbeck’s business activities in our most recent annual report.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Lundbeck's Recommendations and Commitments.

Accessibility

Given its high-risk nature, many companies have reduced their investments or even abandoned research within brain disease. Lundbeck has tirelessly sustained its focus in this critical area of medicine.

 

In the coming years, we will take additional actions to address discriminatory, physical, economic, and informational barriers to make safe and efficacious brain disease treatments more accessible.

 

We acknowledge the challenges faced by healthcare systems under pressure from rising demands and recognize concerns over the affordability of innovative medicines. But we remain resolute that our commercialization of improved treatments creates value for patients, societies and investors.

 

Running a sustainable business requires us to invest in new and better treatments for patients, while reducing the societal burden and delivering a competitive return to our shareholders. The value we generate from our marketed medicines allows us to reinvest in research and development of new and better treatments.

ACCEPTABILITY

We work to enhance cultural acceptability of brain diseases, improve mental health parity, reduce stigma, support disease awareness and offer
education. The ultimate beneficiaries are those with brain disease and their carers.

 

Lundbeck partners with advocacy groups, including the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Federation for Mental Health, GAMIAN-Europe and EUFAMI. Our partnership with the International Association for Early Interventions on Mental Health aims to promote the #ChatSafe Guidelines for online communication about suicide prevention.

 

In 2019, to drive our global engagement and educational efforts on suicide prevention, we published the booklet ‘Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - Lundbeck's Recommendations and Commitments’. Drafted in consultation with experts in the field, it aims to raise awareness and support education in suicide prevention. 

Good quality

Our actions to provide medicines are of a good quality cover the value chain from early research, clinical development and manufacturing, through to distribution to pharmacies.

Quality management system

We integrate our quality and patient safety processes into our ‘GxP’ Quality Management System. ‘GP’ stands for Good Practice and ‘x’ represents Laboratory (GLP), Clinical (GCP), Pharmacovigilance (GPvP), Manufacturing (GMP), and Distribution (GDP). Our Good Practices are maintained through procedures, training, and regular auditing. Our GxP Quality Management System aligns with Lundbeck's Code of Conduct, business objectives and processes, and with national and international regulatory requirements.

Animal research for safe and efficacious medicine

Lundbeck is obliged by the authorities to conduct studies on animals to advance safe and effective medicines to treat brain diseases. We will only use animal studies where no alternatives exist and when the benefits outweigh the possible risks of animal discomfort. We provide appropriate care for our experimental animals and continuously work to improve our animal research policy, procedures, and animal facilities.

Preventing counterfeit medicine

Counterfeit medicine is fake medicine. It is deliberately mislabelled products with the correct or wrong ingredients, without active ingredients, with insufficient active ingredients or with fake packaging.

 

We take stringent measures to secure our supply chain and ensure that genuine Lundbeck medicines reach patients every time. We protect the integrity of our products by labelling packages with batch numbers, serial numbers and 2D matrix technologies. We use transport companies audited and approved through our quality agreements. We collaborate with customs authorities to surveil shipments claiming to contain Lundbeck products and engage with international organizations dedicated to fighting counterfeit medicine.

 

Medicines should only be purchased through authorised channels as recommended by healthcare professionals. Lundbeck does not offer its medicines for sale on the internet or through social media.

 

If you have any concerns about the authenticity of a Lundbeck product please contact us.

Reporting of adverse drug reactions

We acknowledge our responsibility to people who depend on our products and knowledge to manage their disease. Reporting of adverse drug reactions is important for us to continuously evaluate the benefits and risks of our products and take proactive action as warranted.

 

Please consult your doctor if you experience a potential adverse drug reaction. You can also report adverse drug reactions directly to Lundbeck via the online contact form. If you prefer to talk to a Lundbeck employee in your country, please look up the phone number of the Lundbeck affiliates.

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