GSK Plans to Give Away Free Vaccines to Low-Income Patients

It has been reported that leading pharmaceutical company Glaxo SmithKline has extended its plan to offer complimentary medicines to low-income and uninsured patients aged 19 and above for vaccination.

It has been said that women between the ages of 19 to 25 will also be provided free doses of GSK's vaccine for cervical cancer.

Adam Searing, Project Director of the N. C. Justice Center's Health Access Coalition said, "I think it's a good thing they are doing it".

"I would have some question about how much impact it will have", he added.

There are programs for children called Vaccines for Children, but no similar plan is created for adults.

According to spokeswoman Sarah Alspach, 12 percent of grown-ups have been vaccinated against hepatitis A and fewer than 25 percent against hepatitis B.

Also, 15 percent have been vaccinated against whooping cough.

The UK firm has its U. S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park and carries about 5,000 employees in this region.

GSK provided $507 million worth of medicines to 466,000 U. S. patients last year.

After this further medicine businesses have also beefed up their aid to patients with low-income.