Abbott has a long-standing commitment to supporting programs aimed at increasing the understanding of scientific, clinical and healthcare issues that improve patient care. We partner with a broad range of organizations to help address today's healthcare challenges. We want to do our part to ensure that patients, and the healthcare providers who treat them, receive the information and support they need.
In the interest of transparency, we began voluntarily disclosing grants and donations to U.S. medical organizations beginning with the third quarter of 2008. Abbott will continue to report these payments on a quarterly basis.
This report discloses charitable donations, patient support, educational grants, and fellowships and scholarships. Recipients include medical and other healthcare professional organizations, patient organizations, academic institutions, hospitals, medical education companies and other scientific associations.
In addition, support from the non-profit, philanthropic Abbott Fund is aggregated and reported in an annual Internal Revenue Service 990-PF filing. This information is available on the Web site www.foundationcenter.org. Abbott continues to evaluate other ways to enhance transparency.
The following attached reports include direct payments more than $200 from Abbott's U.S. and Puerto Rico businesses. The former St. Jude Medical business is included beginning in 2018. The reports may be updated from time to time.