Health Care Monthly Monitor

Insights, Innovation and Impact

This timely update provides insights into health care sector stock performance and social impact themes related to U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being).

Monthly Highlights 

Stocks produced strong gains in March, ending the month at record highs. Progress on vaccine rollouts, positive economic data and massive fiscal stimulus contributed to gains. Recent months have witnessed a sea change in market sentiment as the U.S. government pours trillions of dollars into the economy, while the Federal Reserve keeps interest rates at zero.

Our Health Care Impact Themes

New or Innovative Treatments for Diseases Including Cancer
Access to Medicines and Health Care Services
New Solutions for Lowering Health Care Costs
Enhancing the Productivity of Medical Equipment, Services and Software

The Importance of Environmental Impacts on Human and Animal Health

Key reports published in March highlight the importance of environmental and other impacts on human and animal health. Water quality remains a serious issue despite passage of the Clean Water Act almost 50 years ago. Water quality problems are even more pronounced in developing economies.

Company in Focus

IDEXX is a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic equipment and services for pets and livestock. The company is also a worldwide leader in quality and safety testing for water and milk.

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