Italy is facing coronavirus emergency. Many energies have been devoted to allowe our country to emerge from the crisis. Important is the decision of the pharmaceutical company Roche which, as announced by President Maurizio de Cicco, will donate the medicine for rheumatoid arthritis for free, since it has given good results against covid 19. In this period of medical emergency, our country is receiving support and help. Many donations, but also a lot of digital solidarity. Many companies are offering free technological solutions to support smart working from home or pleasantly spend these days of isolation between books and films.
Roche gives drugs and protective devices
The giant Roche company has seen fit to help the sick. This drug, already tested in China, is effective on respiratory problems. The group then made it available free of charge to all regions that request it.
Roche intends to offer concrete support to healthcare facilities operating with inadequate financial means and resources. In collaboration with Cittadinanzattiva and Fimmg, it will donate 1 million euros in protective equipment for doctors and equipment for intensive care. This operation also includes a donation that has already started for machineries for the ventilation of ICU patients.
Roche bends over backwards
With the slogan “Roche bends over backwards“, the company also starts a voluntary operation of competence and the campaign “Stay home, read a book“, aimed at young people up to 25 years of Milan and Monza with the aim to increase awareness on the issue of civic sense in this phase of health emergency.
The company also provides the integrated telemedicine service for people with diabetes until the emergency is resolved, which allows the communication of the Smart Digital Clinic medical record and the mySugr app. And again, their professionals will offer support and telephone advice by collaborating with those who already carry out this difficult task.
Maurizio de Cicco (Roche): “We are in the service of the country”
Roche’s President and CEO, Maurizio de Cicco, said: “We felt it was our duty to adhere to the invitation of the President of the Republic, who recommended to everyone absolute coherence and absolute commitment to face the emergency”.
“A company like ours – he added – cannot fail to respond to the call because we are an integral part of the national health system, serving patients, health workers across the country”
The medicine already tested in China
That is the reason why the leading group of the pharmaceutical industry has decided to “provide ‘tocilizumab (RoActemra)’ to all the regions that request it free of charge for the period of the emergency”. Without prejudice to the stocks necessary to allow the therapeutic continuity for patients suffering from pathologies for which the product is authorized. The drug is currently used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and is not indicated for the treatment of covid19 pneumonia. But the scientific community is showing interest in its use after inclusion in the Chinese guidelines. From Roche comes a nice gesture of hope and great solidarity that will allow us to better face this health crisis.