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FasterCures Applauds FDA Advancements in Building a More Patient-Centric System

One of the most exciting changes that we’ve been collectively advancing at FasterCures is the push to bring patients into the spotlight and to use their perspective more fully in all that we do in R&D.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently brought much of this work into motion, and we at FasterCures have been thrilled to see the change that their actions have embodied and to serve as partners in the process.

Our team has long supported efforts to enhance patient-focused drug development (PFDD) and the implementation of the patient perspective across the R&D pipeline. FasterCures participated in several PFDD meetings, as well as in stakeholder meetings for the Prescription Drug User Fee Act and Medical Device User Fee Amendments. Throughout these efforts, we have advocated for the advancement of patient input.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Register for FasterCures’ June Webinar, “FDA’s Patient-Focused Drug Development Initiative: What Have We Learned?”
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Registration is now open for our June 7 webinar about the FDA’s PFDD initiative, a provision of the 2012 Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. This act required FDA to hold 20 meetings with the patient community over five years to hear directly from those with lived experience about the symptoms that most impact their lives and the variety of measures they take to manage their condition. During this webinar, our panelists will share their experiences in working with patient communities to plan for these often-intense listening sessions, as well as what they’ve learned from them and how they are applying this information. Please join us for an update and a forecast for what’s next in patient-focused drug development.
Advancing the #HealthCitizenship Movement


The responsibility to improve the medical research and development world rests on the shoulders of every individual within the system. FasterCures believes that the future of improving health care depends on a new kind of social contract – a Health Citizenship. Within this contract are implied sets of rights and responsibilities for both the individual and the system. These are based on the truths that scientific advancement begins and ends with engaged patients, useful data lives all around us, and stakeholders should work to ensure that patients have appropriate access to care and treatments. Learn more about #HealthCitizenship by reading FasterCures Executive Director Tanisha Carino’s article in Morning Consult and a recent Clinical Leader article by Carino and Cynthia Grossman (Director, Science of Patient Input) about the importance of health citizenship to the process of clinical trials.
Updates from the Crucial Health Conversations at Milken Institute’s 2018 Global Conference
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Earlier this month, the Milken Institute hosted the 2018 Global Conference in Los Angeles. The event brought together key players and thought leaders in business, government, technology, philanthropy, academia, and health. Centered on the theme of “Navigating a World in Transition,” these leaders discussed some of the most important questions of our time. For example, Tanisha Carino moderated a panel on the “Future of Health” that included speakers such as World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah. View the entire panel discussion on-demand here. You can also watch a compelling Facebook Live conversation between Carino and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins that occurred during Global Conference by clicking here.
Read a Summary of FasterCures’ Latest Webinar, “Patient-Centered Measurement: How Close Are We?”
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During our webinar in March, FasterCures led an important discussion among thought leaders about the benefits of patient-centered measurement within the medical research and development system. When we place patients at the heart of the R&D system, we are better able to address unmet needs, facilitate better decision-making, and align care priorities within diverse patient populations. The discussion covered setting a strong foundation when gathering patient measurements, implementing findings, and creating a more patient-centric health-care system. Learn more about the progress made in this area by reading a summary of the webinar or by watching the event on demand.
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