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5 Steps to Creating a Vibrant Online Patient Community: Melanoma Research Alliance’s Melanoma>Exchange on Inspire

5 Steps to Creating a Vibrant Online Patient Community: Melanoma Research Alliance’s Melanoma>Exchange on Inspire By Judy Chandler, MPH, CHES Inspire launched a melanoma patient and caregiver support community in 2014, but was looking for a non-profit partner to contribute melanoma expertise and resources to community members. In 2017, the Melanoma Research [...]

Launching a New Drug During a Pandemic? Successful Launches Included a Rapid Pivot to Social Media

Launching a New Drug During a Pandemic? Successful Launches Included a Rapid Pivot to Social Media By Paul Nash How has the pandemic affected pharmaceutical product launches? Experts say that social media and research have been the key factors for this year’s successful launches. In a webcast on the PharmaVoice Webcast Network, [...]

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 [...]