Novartis Oncology Access Programs

CMLPath to Care

The Novartis Oncology Access programs are designed to address the lack of access and reimbursement for cancer treatment in low-and middle-income countries. One of the largest programs, the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (GIPAP), was developed in 2002 to ensure patients with CML (chronic myeloid leukemia) or GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor), two rare cancers, receive treatment. In partnership with The Max Foundation, this direct-to-patient access program has provided treatment to approximately 75 000 people since its inception.

"The moment you think about a new drug, you need to start thinking about how to take it to the rest of the world. Of course there are limitations, but these should not be based on where the patient lives. "

Pat Garcia-Gonzalez

CEO, The Max Foundation

In 2017, Novartis announced the transition of this partnership to a new program called CMLPath to Care™, which aims to support continued access to treatment at no cost for the nearly 34 000 previously registered patients in GIPAP with CML, GIST and other rare cancers.

This will be an independent program within The Max Foundation, which will assume responsibility from Novartis for delivering treatment to these patients, including supply chain management. Novartis will provide funding and drug donation support. The collaborative agreement for CMLPath to Care runs through the first quarter of 2021 with an option to extend it. During this period, Novartis expects to donate more than USD 29 million to the collaboration, along with approximately 315 million doses of medicine, and to evaluate further options to sustain the program after 2021. China has a stand-alone program that support close to 30,000 patients for little or no costs.

The largest of Novartis’ Oncology Access programs—the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program—is a direct-to-patient access program.

Started in 2002, the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program transitioned in 2017 to a new program called CMLPath to Care™.