This year, IBSA feels an even greater responsibility to support the Medicine Collection Day organised by the Banco Farmaceutico, on account of the unprecedented number of people facing hardship due to the current health emergency.
In 2020, the collection took place between 4 and 10 February, when no one could have imagined that in little over a month the entire world would have changed. Last year’s edition led to the collection of 541,000 packs of medicinal products, allowing 473,000 Italians facing financial difficulties to treat their illnesses.
There is no point trying to hide the fact that this year the collection will be more challenging, due to the need to continue observing social distancing rules and because, unfortunately, there has been a great rise in the number of people who people need medicines that they cannot afford. According to the World Economic Outlook, worldwide 90 million people will slump into "extreme poverty" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.