Takeda India reaffirms its commitment to patients on World Rare Disease Day

In India, more than 70-100 million people are suffering from rare diseases, of which treatment options are available for ~450 conditions

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India is grappling with the challenges posed by rare diseases. The absence of a rare disease policy, low disease awareness amongst patients and lack of accessibility to specialists are critical factors that make the rare disease patients furthermore vulnerable.

The most common rare diseases identified in India are Haemophilia, Thalassemia, Sickle-cell Anaemia, Primary Immuno Deficiency, Lysosomal Storage Disorders such as Gaucher Disease, Fabry Disease, Hunter Syndrome and Pompe’s Disease.

To celebrate Rare Diseases Day, Takeda, a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical company pledges to drive increased awareness around rare diseases in India through its Indian entity. The company is committed to support faster diagnosis and better access to treatments for patients with rare diseases.

Speaking on the occasion of Rare Disease Day, Vineet Singhal, General Manager and Country Head, Takeda India, said “As a company, we are committed to serve patients suffering from rare diseases like Hunter’s syndrome, Gaucher and Fabry and support them in their disease journey to ensure improved quality of life. We intend to leverage and replicate curated initiatives and global best practices in India for the benefit of the patients.”

With a legacy of nearly 239 years, Takeda has established best practices in the rare disease space across the globe. Access to Medicine (AtM) is one such strategy that aims to address the broader structural barriers that prevent patients in underserved communities from receiving the care and treatment they need. The Access to Medicine Foundation and The Access to Medicines Index recognised and ranked Takeda at number five in 2018, where Takeda was also recognised as the biggest upward mover, moving up 10 places to rank number five.

Gopal Agrawal, Head Market Access, Patient Advocacy and Patient Services, Takeda India, said: “As a part of the global community, Takeda has focused its efforts and approach to Access to Medicines (AtM) for the patients suffering with rare diseases. We concentrate our efforts to serve and support the patients through numerous initiatives. We engage with patient bodies, not-for-profit organisations, industry bodies and others to support the interest of patients.”

The company believes access to healthcare and medicines should be universal by being accessible and available to the Patients across the country. Takeda is committed to help strengthen the healthcare systems in a sustainable way