AbbVie's response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our communities, AbbVie is focused on the health and safety of employees, health care professionals and patients and communities worldwide.

"During this challenging time, we are doing everything possible to ensure our employees remain safe, our patients receive their medicines, and assistance is available to help those most deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."  - Richard Gonzalez, CEO

AbbVie’s COVID-19 R&D efforts

As a global biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie is committed to addressing the COVID-19 public health crisis. We are collaborating with health authorities and institutions globally to identify potential treatments, including supporting clinical studies and basic research of our medicines. We’re also collaborating with industry, government, and academia, focusing on early science and discovery research.

Learn more about our research and discovery efforts.

Protecting our employees in the workplace

Since the beginning of the pandemic, AbbVie has been focused on ensuring the safety of our employees. As an essential business, we’ve had employees working in our facilities throughout the crisis, and we’ve been proud that we’ve been able to continue to provide our patients with the critical medicines they depend on without any interruption.

Throughout the crisis, we’ve followed health and safety guidance from state and local health authorities, taking  a phased and measured approach to returning more employees to AbbVie facilities.

Protecting our people is our top priority, and we’ve implemented a wide variety of safety measures for those employees who are returning to the workplace.

AbbVie offers a variety of testing resources to help our workforce continue to stay safe and healthy:

  • AbbVie COVID-19 Case Management Program: A resource for U.S. employees and contractors to monitor and report COVID-19 symptoms, possible exposure or positive test results to trained healthcare professionals and receive guidance on returning to the workplace.
  • AbbVie At-Home COVID-19 Testing Program: Test kits mailed to the home at no cost to U.S. employees and for a fee to contractors and employees' family members.
  • AbbVie Expanded Onsite Testing Program (select U.S. sites): In addition to existing onsite priority COVID-19 testing already available for U.S. employees and contractors, a new elective option is available for U.S. employees who have returned to onsite work.
     

Before coming to the workplace

  • Before employees come into an AbbVie building, they answer screening questions, have their temperature taken on-site and put on their company-provided mask.
  • If they are experiencing any COVID-19-like symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, they are asked to stay home and seek medical care. Any employee who suspects or confirms they have COVID-19 is required to follow AbbVie’s Return to On-Site Work Medical Clearance Procedures before returning to the workplace.


While in the workplace

  • All office building HVAC units have been reconfigured to maximize outside air supply and minimize recirculation.
  • We require employees to practice social distancing.
  • We’ve adjusted our conference room layouts and common areas to ensure social distancing.
  • Our teams are frequently disinfecting all workstations, offices, common areas and high-touch points in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Our cafeterias now serve only “grab and go” meals with additional signage installed and hand sanitizer stations readily available. Traffic flow is limited.

After leaving the workplace

  • We use electrostatic spray technology nightly as an added safety measure.

As a global company, our policies vary by region. We constantly update our guidance in accordance to local and regional government health guidelines.

Providing flexibility and support

AbbVie encourages our employees to work with their managers and human resources team members for questions and to get the personalized support they need. Managers are empowered to provide employees with needed flexibility – as they were before the crisis.

Childcare and remote learning support 

We recognize the challenges working professionals are facing, especially those who are parents. That’s why, in addition to existing programs, we’ve created new resources, such as a COVID-19 Childcare Relief Fund to support eligible employees to help with childcare or remote learning expenses. In addition to the Childcare Relief Fund, we provide a variety of resources to help parents find childcare, support students with remote learning and tutoring, and help with their well-being.

Corporate giving

AbbVie has donated $35 million to help support underserved communities and health care systems working to address the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. AbbVie’s partners are:

  • International Medical Corps to help create capacity to treat patients at overburdened hospitals in the U.S. AbbVie’s donation will support the creation and operation of 20 mobile field hospitals to expand available triage at existing facilities, improve patient flow and keep COVID-19 patients separated from other patients. These standalone mobile field hospitals are being built in U.S. hotspots.
  • Direct Relief to provide equipment and supplies in the hardest-hit European countries. This support will enable the procurement and delivery of oxygen concentrators, ventilators and personal protective equipment to frontline health care workers and patients.
  • Feeding America to protect the most vulnerable, including the elderly, by enabling access to food and essential household supplies with minimal contact. Feeding America has created a new model of home delivery and drive-through service.

Read the full announcement and access the press kit

As part of the company’s $35 million philanthropic commitment to fighting COVID, AbbVie set up a $5 million COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund. In May, the company announced the 26 nonprofits that received funds to help front-line health care workers and vulnerable populations in hard-hit communities. Learn more.

AbbVie also doubled the AbbVie Foundation match for COVID-19-related contributions by employees, providing $2 for every $1 employees donate to a qualified nonprofit.

CNBC Special Report - AbbVie donates $35 million to COVID-19 relief efforts

Watch CNBC's Special Report on AbbVie's $35 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Additional resources

We understand your need to know more about the coronavirus. If you are on an AbbVie treatment, please speak with your doctor regarding any questions you may have. Your doctor can provide medical advice to address your individual needs.


Medication assistance

For patients who have lost insurance coverage related to COVID-19, we are here to help.

Through myAbbVie Assist, qualifying patients in the U.S. can receive free AbbVie medicine. If you are unable to pay for your AbbVie medicine due to COVID-19 circumstances, let us help you explore your options. Learn more about myAbbVie Assist.

If you are a registered health care provider with questions about COVID-19 and AbbVie medications or adverse event reporting, please visit AbbVie’s medical information website, www.abbviemedinfo.com.

For our employees and their family members impacted by coronavirus, the AbbVie Employee Assistance Fund may be able to help. The AbbVie Employee Assistance Fund's Employee Relief Program provides short-term assistance with basic living expenses during unexpected events, including COVID-19.

If you are an employee that is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance, click here to apply and for more information.

 

AbbVie is committed to supporting the relief efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. As a global health care company, some of our employees may have the experience needed to support government and community organizations during this crisis.

The company provides a professional service policy for AbbVie employees with relevant medical, pharmaceutical, research and development, science, public health and public safety skills, knowledge, training and experience who desire, are requested, or mandated to serve as volunteers during times of pandemic crisis.

AbbVie colleagues will continue to receive their full pay, benefits, and be able to return to their position after completing their service.

AbbVie has continued to make good progress with our development programs. Once the COVID-19 situation has stabilized, we will work to restart paused clinical studies. We do not expect the global pandemic to have long-term or significant impacts on our R&D programs. 

We are constantly monitoring and taking precautions to protect the safety of our study participants, clinical trial site staff and our employees. We will continue to evaluate any local support our study participants may require to maintain their safe involvement in our clinical trials.

There is an urgent need to increase testing capacity within the United States. Public health authorities are actively working to address the issues that have limited capacity to date, including instrument availability, availability of diagnostic kits and reagents, and CLIA-certified lab capacity.

Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic and the need to significantly increase access to testing, we are using our laboratory expertise working with health authorities locally and globally to create a clinical COVID testing capability.

We have also used our capabilities to manufacture viral transport medium, which is necessary to preserve swabs prior to lab testing.

AbbVie Medical Information for health care providers
www.abbviemedinfo.com

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC website

World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) webpage
WHO website

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