As part of Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Maria, the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of Puerto Rico (PIA) launched an educational campaign aimed at the general community, with the goal of guiding citizens to take care of and maintain their health in optimal conditions in the recovery period after the hurricane. "Under the slogan 'Taking control of your health is very important, act now!', we contribute with this initiative to the efforts that have been carried out by the Department of Health, other entities and members of the health system of our Island. We have built alliances with several health professionals who actively practice to carry these messages, focused on the topics of disease prevention, access to health providers, vaccination, adherence to medicines and health care for children", said Felipe Palacios, President of PIA.
Likewise, some pharmaceutical companies grouped under PIA, among them: AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Baxter, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Merck and Pfizer, provided 150,000 gallons of water per day to be distributed primarily among the main hospitals of the Island with this necessity. In addition, the Biopharmaceutical Industry is donating approximately 65,000 gallons of water daily to the communities in the municipalities where its facilities operate.
"We are an integral part of the Puerto Rican community and when the government called on us, we responded immediately to provide a solution to the critical water crisis that existed on the Island after Hurricane Maria." The daily donation of water from the industry supported the government efforts to continue providing basic services, such as hospitals and shelters. Initiatives like this, among others from the private sector, are critical and necessary for the stabilization and recovery of Puerto Rico”, the PIA Board of Directors expressed through its President, Dr. Felipe Palacios.