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Working with patient organisations

We are immensely proud of our relationships with patient organisations. It is only by working together that we can truly put the needs of patients first.

Patients and patient organisations are critical stakeholders in relation to all aspects of illness and medicine. There is an increasing need for us to better understand what it is like to live with a specific condition, how care is managed, and to draw on the day-to-day experience of patients. This knowledge enables the discovery of effective medicines and improves their development, evaluation, safe and appropriate use. For us, it means striving to meet the needs of patients so that we can achieve better outcomes for them.


What is a patient organisation?

Patient organisations take many forms, however they have the shared goal to improve the lives of people with a particular disease or medical condition. For example, they may raise public awareness of a condition or provide information and support to patients, their families and their carers. They may also campaign for better standards of care and access to treatments for the patients they represent, as well as raising money to fund or initiate new research.

Patient organisations can vary significantly in terms of their size and structure, for example some may have a paid workforce while others are run by volunteers. The majority of patient organisations are registered health charities.

Many people will know someone who has turned to a patient organisation at some point in their life and the value they can bring at a time of difficulty.


Why does Pfizer work with patient organisations?

Working with patient organisations can help us have a better appreciation of the specific needs of patients and how we can better support them. We believe that a deep understanding of the people who live with a disease or condition is essential during the research and development of new medicines, as this enables us to consider how medicines will fit into their day-to-day life.

In practice, this means seeking the advice and insights of those working within patient organisations so that we can always put the patient need first.

We provide charitable donations or sponsorships to support the independent work of patient organisations to help, or to advocate for, people affected by a particular condition. In addition, we sometimes identify areas where we are able to collaborate or partner on specific projects with a shared purpose.

Patient organisations often want and need to know about new medicines that might benefit the patients they represent. If they ask us for this information we are happy to provide it within the regulatory constraints we face.

PP-PFE-GBR-0578 / August 2017