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Medical needs of cystic fibrosis patients and policies for fair co-operation between small and middle-sized companies and patient organizations

Authors
Journal
Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
1569-1993
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1569-1993(11)60016-7
Keywords
  • Workpackage 4. Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises (Smes) Group
Disciplines
  • Communication
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Background and methods Workpackage 4 of EuroCareCF brought together a group of small and middle-size companies (SMEs) with strong interest in drug development for cystic fibrosis (CF). The common interest of SMEs and patient organizations (PO) in mutually beneficial cooperation was assessed. This was achieved by identifying critical unmet medical needs of CF patients and by analyzing fields of cooperation between SMEs and POs. Results Over and above all, finding a cure for the disease is considered the most important unmet medical need by POs. However, preventing or slowing down any further deterioration of health and the alleviation of symptoms are also considered valuable objectives. Areas of co-operation with SMEs include the preparation and conduct of clinical trials and co-operation in the post-marketing authorization period. Conclusions If a policy of transparency and respect for the independence of POs is applied, SMEs and POs can develop mutually beneficial and sustainable co-operation.

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