Importance of Keeping Patients Informed

Week in Review: Importance of Keeping Patients Informed

02.14.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Within the medical community there is so much truth to the saying, “knowledge is power.” Whether it’s sharing information about a new medicine in development that could save a patient’s life, or sharing resources and ideas to change a patient’s life, it is essential that patients, doctors, and other members of the health care ecosystem stay well informed and disseminate their knowledge.

Last week, our own Stephanie Fischer hosted a #RarePOV tweetchat, bringing together individuals and organizations from across the rare disease community. The chat aimed to help the rare diseases community understand and access the resources that are available to them, and through a collective and concerted effort, raise rare disease awareness. As Rare Disease Day on February 28 quickly approaches, it is important that we reach as many people as possible and add to the strong voice of the rare disease community. Learn how you can take action and help make an impact on Rare Disease Day.

In the spirit of resource sharing and collaboration, this week we released our new Medicines in Development report on diabetes. The number of people globally who are affected by diabetes has increased exponentially over the past 20 years, with nearly 400 million people affected. Researchers, however, are hoping to put an end to this growth with the 180 innovative new treatments currently in the pipeline to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes and other diabetes-related conditions. As one of the leading causes of death among Americans, it is critical to make biopharmaceutical research and development, and patient awareness of new treatments a priority. Read the report and learn more about the treatments working their way through the pipeline.

Not only do patients need to be aware of what is in the pipeline, but it is also critical that they be aware about the medicines currently in their cabinet. Prescription drug misuse and abuse has become a national epidemic and an issue that needs to be addressed. We support the enhanced education of prescribers and patients because knowledge of the proper use and disposal of such medicines could be the key factor between life and death. Please be sure to educate yourself and others on the dangers and side effects of any medication.

Each week we post new information on events and available treatments from around the biopharmaceutical community on the Catalyst. Check back often to learn more and remember to share your thoughts with us so that we can continue to learn from you as well.

 

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