real world evidence

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Patients with Rare Conditions?

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Patients with Rare Conditions? By Judy Chandler Over 600,000 Inspire members are affected by rare conditions. As a vital partner to 40 rare disease non-profit advocacy organizations, Inspire’s rare disease patient and caregiver members represent over 3,000 rare conditions. Serving as a common point across these diverse conditions, [...]

Patients Are The Best Resource For Defining Study Endpoints

Patients Are The Best Resource For Defining Study Endpoints By Robert Gardner In September, the World Orphan Drug Congress USA Fall Webinar series opened with a program called: “Understanding the Novel Challenges in Rare Disease Development: Perspectives From Experts.” They took an audience poll, asking attendees to identify their “biggest challenge in [...]

Online Health Communities Change Patients’ Journeys: A Live Virtual Roundtable

Online Health Communities Change Patients’ Journeys: A Live Virtual Roundtable By Dana Deighton In the fable of the Ugly Duckling, the duckling feels isolated by his differences until he discovers that he is a swan too. Patients with undiagnosed conditions also feel isolated, with some even describing not being believed by their [...]

Next Generation Online Health Communities

Next Generation Online Health Communities: Data empowering patients and caregivers improves care and accelerates research By Richard Tsai The World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2020 (WODC 2020) provided four days of powerful panels and keynotes about collaborations, successes and failures in creating what rare disease patients and families need and desire most [...]

Accelerating Rare Disease Research

Accelerating Rare Disease Research By Richard Tsai COVID-19 has challenged the non-profit arena’s fundraising arm, which is largely based on face-to-face events like galas, runs and walk-a-thons. This limit on the number and amount of donations has occurred just as rare disease patient organizations have reached a tipping point in their influence [...]

COVID-19 and a Future with Fundamental Design Shifts: Incorporating Virtual into Clinical Trials

COVID-19 and a Future with Fundamental Design Shifts: Incorporating Virtual into Clinical Trials By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH On a recent Pharma Talk Radio podcast called, The Impact of COVID-19 on Clinical Trials: Where are We? And Where are We Going?, three subject matter experts discussed how they see COVID-19 impacting the future [...]

Customer Loyalty and Service Insights for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Customer Loyalty and Service Insights for the Pharmaceutical Industry By Dana Deighton “Only nine percent of U.S. consumers believe pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies put patients over profits.” This sentiment, found in the 2016 Harris Poll of Reputation Equity and Risk Across the Health Care Sector, has stayed fairly consistent in Harris polls [...]

Patients Discuss and Debate the Medical Outcomes from Generic Formulations

Patients Discuss and Debate the Medical Outcomes from Generic Formulations By Jeff Terkowitz When mature products face the introduction of generics, patients are often considering, or asked to consider, switching their medications. At that transition, there is a high need for Real World Data documenting patient experiences. What happens to medical outcomes [...]

HEOR: Incorporating the Human Costs and Benefits into Drug Value

HEOR: Incorporating the Human Costs and Benefits into Drug Value By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH In a 2007 article, “Pinning Down the Money Value of a Person’s Life,” NY Times reporter Alex Berensen wrote, “HOW much is your life worth? How about a year of life? How much is your vision worth? [...]

Patients Enroll In Studies When They Have a Voice: Real World Study Succeeds with Patient Voice

Patients Enroll In Studies When They Have a Voice: Real World Study Succeeds with Patient Voice By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH The most persistent hurdle in running a clinical trial is recruiting and keeping participants. More recently, the FDA added the expectation that the value of released drugs be supported with [...]