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Abbott and the Aids Crisis (a)


Patricia H. Werhane


University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jenny Mead


University of Virginia - Darden School of Business


Darden Case No. UVA-E-0311

Abstract:     
In 1999, the 20-year-old AIDS crisis had ravaged many developing countries and, in particular, on the continent of Africa. Of the estimated 33.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 1998, almost two-thirds (22 million) were in sub-Saharan Africa, considered the "global epicenter" of the disease. Already 12 million had died, and life expectancy in the region plummeted from 62 years to 47. Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories had responded at the start of the AIDS outbreak by developing the HIV diagnostic test kit and then, later in the crisis, developed some of the state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS drugs. Abbott executives, led by new CEO Miles White, wanted to address the crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, but in a specific, efficient, and effective way. This case details the evolution of the AIDS crisis, Abbott Laboratories' HIV/AIDS drug production, and the company’s efforts--in 1999--to find other ways to battle HIV/AIDS globally.

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Keywords: corporate social responsibility, diversity, management of, ethical issues, stakeholder management, health-care management, leadership, ethics, innovation

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Date posted: June 10, 2009  

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Werhane, Patricia H. and Mead, Jenny, Abbott and the Aids Crisis (a). Darden Case No. UVA-E-0311. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1417181

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Patricia Werhane (Contact Author)
University of Virginia (UVA) - Darden School of Business ( email )
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-924-4840 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/werhane.htm
Jenny Mead
University of Virginia (UVA) - Darden School of Business ( email )
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
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