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Week in Review: Building a Brighter Future for Patients

Christian Clymer   |     March 27, 2015   |   SHARE THIS

When it comes to patient health and well-being, today’s treatment advancements are borne from and stand on the shoulders of investment in prior research and development (R&D).

patient-with-her-doctorAs science continues to evolve, our industry is always imagining new discovery frontiers. So, this week, we discussed a few ways we’re focused on what’s next for patients.

Since 1991, cancer survival rates have increased as death rates have fallen 20 percent. On Wednesday, we introduced a new Catalyst series that explores what continued research could mean for the future for cancer patients. Over the next few weeks, stakeholders from across the cancer community will weigh in on a variety of cancer-related issues that we currently face and address what they think tomorrow holds for cancer patients. Check back in with The Catalyst each week for more.

This week also saw increased interest in an issue that could have a positive impact on patients. On Wednesday, we participated in the inaugural meeting of the Learning and Action Network (LAN), a Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative, to discuss payment and delivery reform. While still in the early stages of development, we outlined five building blocks that could help ensure the HHS’ initiative achieves better outcomes for patients, and we look forward to working toward better care, smarter spending and healthier people

Collaboration continues to be instrumental for patient well-being. Our Ask About Adherence blog series featured a Q&A this week with Prescriptions for a Healthy America president Joel White, who discussed potential solutions for non-adherence. According to White, the most significant barrier to passing legislation and making strides in adherence is awareness. Ultimately, better education and advocacy will help shape the dialogue around adherence to save patient lives and save the health care system money in the future. You can read more from Joel White here, and be sure to check back in with the series for more questions answered on how we can make medication adherence a non-issue.

Patient health requires awareness, collaboration and a deeper dive into advances in science and technology. By making small advances today, and every day, we can make an impact. Help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the future of our patients with us as well.

Christian Clymer

Christian Clymer Christian has been a member of the PhRMA family for 15 years. In that time, he has helped create programs to assist the uninsured and promote the value of innovative jobs. Currently, he proudly leads PhRMA’s social and digital team. When not staring at his computer screen, he’s a devoted dad, struggling pianist and amateur triathlete.

Topics: Adherence, Cancer

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