Pfizer Adds Hundreds Of Drugs To Global Health Equity Initiative
List Expanded With Off-Patent Products To ‘Better Align With Disease Burden’
Pfizer has added hundreds of off-patent products to the portfolio that it is offering on a not-for-profit basis to 45 lower-income countries under its global health equity initiative.
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