As the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, Sanofi is at the forefront of multiple initiatives to fight the disease, while also carrying on the daily business of making and delivering medicines for patients. The company is studying existing medicines as potential treatments for COVID-19 and leveraging its expertise to develop a new vaccine, measures that could have both an immediate and lasting impact. Dealing with a pandemic as daunting as COVID-19 requires collaboration to create as many paths forward as possible, and Sanofi is helping lead the way.
Leveraging expertise in vaccine development
Exploring alternative treatment options
Investing in Science
Maintaining manufacturing and supply to avoid shortages
Maintaining clinical trials
While clinical trials have been launched with unprecedented speed to help find a solution to COVID-19, Sanofi is undertaking a meticulous assessment of ongoing clinical trials for other product candidates, country by country, trial by trial, investigator by investigator. “Our approach has to be diverse. We are putting patients and their needs first, while trying to protect people who are working in the healthcare system and to continue moving transformational medicines further for patients,” said Dietmar Berger, Chief Medical Officer, Global Head of Development, at Sanofi.
Sixty percent of the approximately 300 ongoing clinical studies are in the patient recruiting stage and efforts to maintain drug supply and meet distribution challenges have been made a priority. In addition, targeted direct-to-patient drug supply is being implemented on a case-by-case basis. This approach was used in China throughout February along with telemedicine to monitor patients remotely, enabling more than 90% of trials to continue.
“People are definitely stepping up, there’s so much engagement, so much connection to our real purpose as a company that shines through in these moments. People are coming with innovative and patient-focused solutions, all with the final objective of getting transformative medicines to patients as quickly as possible,” said Berger.