Pharma companies have already pledged over $13 million in donations, grants, healthcare supplies and medicines to hurricane Harvey relief efforts. USA Today has called Harvey the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with an estimated cost of $190 billion. Because Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain in some places causing catostrophic flooding, the aid from everyone including pharma companies and healthcare professionals (HCPs) is desperately needed. Many evacuees scrambled to escape, leaving behind everything they owned including meds needed for chronic conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Top Nine Pharma Contributions
The figures are constantly changing as contributions continue and employee gift matching programs bring in even more funds, but according to CNNMoney, here are nine stand out big pharma contributions already pledged:
- Abbott: $1 million in grants, healthcare and nutrition products.
- Abbvie: $1 million in grant funding for organizations like Red Cross, Americares, Direct Relief International, and Feeding America. Abbvie is also matching employee donations.
- Allergan: $100,000
- Amgen: $80,000 to Direct Relief International and $20,000 to American Kidney Fund's Disaster Relief for dialysis patients impacted by Harvey. Amgen is also matching employee donations.
- Bayer: $200,000 to the Red Cross and nonprofit Direct Relief.
- Boehringer Ingelheim: over $100,000 to Americares and Direct Relief and $25,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation to help animals impacted.
- Bristol-Myers Squibb: $250,000 and matching employee donations as well as giving medicines valued at $10 million to Americares and Direct Relief.
- Eli Lilly: $250,000 and is matching employee donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
- McKesson: $100,000 to Direct Relief and $150,000 worth of medical supplies to World Vision.
Response of Healthcare Professionals
Immediately following the disaster, in the Red Cross shelter at the Convention Center in downtown Houston, hundreds of doctors, NPs, PAs, nurses, mental health and other medical professionals had listed their names and specialties on paper taped to the wall to volunteer their services. Shortly afterward, HCPs from all over the country answered calls to volunteer to travel to Texas to both help provide healthcare services to those in shelters as well as to relieve overwhelmed local HCPs. Patients suffered heart attacks, surgical emergencies, strokes, and more. HCPs also helped in vaccinating first responders in efforts to prevent them from contracting contaminated water borne illnesses.
Connecting Through Online HCP Networks
Many of the calls for donations and volunteers went out through online professional networks of HCPs. Especially with Hurricane Irma on an ominous path toward the U.S., now is a good time to improve communication through these channels of HCP networks. Please let them know your company is there to support the heroic doctors, NPs, PAs, and nurses as well as the victims.
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