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Conseil pour la protection des malades

June 02, 2010

Speech delivered by Hugh O'Neill
President and CEO, Sanofi-aventis Canada
Montreal, Quebec


Bonsoir tout le monde. Good evening everyone.

It’s a pleasure for me to be here tonight. I would like to recognize the participation of our industry association Rx&D in this exciting event.

I would also like to highlight the presence of many members of the healthcare community, including patient organizations, and my colleagues from the innovative pharmaceutical industry.

I must also say that it is a great honour to meet Paul (Brunet, president of the Conseil) and his colleagues for the first time.

As some of you might know, I am just coming to the end of my first year in Quebec. When I arrived, your organization was new to me.

The more I learn about you, the more I am impressed by your long track record in defending patients’ rights. And by the many ways you offer them your protection, your energy, and your advice.

They say you can judge a society by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. I suppose that in a perfect world, we wouldn’t need a group to protect people who are so in need of our compassion and care.

But the goals adopted by your founder Claude Brunet some 36 years ago were relevant then, and they are just as relevant today.

Because health care never was an easy profession, and it’s even tougher today. At a time when everyone’s best intentions can be tested by the growing burden of disease and lack of resources, we must never lose sight of the patient.

That’s where partnerships like ours can play a role. Together we need to find ways to make our healthcare system sustainable. To find cost-effective solutions through appropriate use of medicines and better use of resources. With the ultimate goal of making patients’ lives better.

At sanofi-aventis we see the healthcare environment is changing. And we know that if we want to be here for the long term, serving in one of the world’s most critical fields, we have to change. That’s why we are rolling out a new strategy, based on a broader understanding of patients and customers’ needs, and working more closely with our partners to develop cost-effective solutions for our healthcare system.

It’s going to take all of us. Governments, healthcare professionals, administrators, companies like ours, stewards and activists like you – and patients themselves – to find the solutions that will guarantee patients the best possible care.

Our presence here tonight indicates clearly that our goals are aligned. We look forward to continuing our work with you, to defend, protect and act on behalf of patients who rely on us.

I wish you all a pleasant evening. Thank you very much.

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