By Jamie Mullen, MD, Executive Director, Clinical Development, AstraZeneca
This entry is the second of a two-part series focusing on mental health awareness. The first entry, providing background on Mental Health Month and the impact of mental health disorders can be found here.
Since 1949, May has been designated Mental Health Month, providing an opportunity to increase education and awareness around mental illness.
AstraZeneca has been committed to the mental health space for over 50 years. Our efforts range from helping raise awareness for mental health conditions and the need for patient access to treatment and services to developing treatment options that help patients manage mental health conditions.
And yet, we know that we can’t do it alone. AstraZeneca recognizes and supports the important work being done by groups including the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare that strive to provide support and services for patients with and physicians who treat mental illnesses.
There is more to be done. AstraZeneca continues to look to the science to help discover and bring to bear treatment options in neuroscience – including neurology, pain and psychiatry. Earlier this year we created a new unit in Boston that allows our scientists to tap into the best available external science while sharing cost, risk and reward with other research partners active in the field.
You can learn more about AstraZeneca’s focus on neuroscience and other key areas of interest for innovation here. For more information about Mental Health Month.
By Jamie Mullen, MD, Executive Director, Medical Affairs and Strategic Development, AstraZeneca
This is the first in a two-part series of entries focusing on mental health awareness. Today’s post provides background on Mental Health Month and the impact of mental health disorders.
May is Mental Health Month – established by Mental Health America, this is a time to focus on the importance and need to increase awareness and education surrounding mental illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that about 25 percent of adults in the United States have a mental illness, and nearly 50 percent of US adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. There are a number of mental illnesses, including conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
This year’s theme – Pathways to Wellness – focuses on the need to educate people on how to improve overall mental health. Additionally, Mental Health Month events and activities hope to equip people with tools to manage mental health conditions, as well as discuss the impact mental illness has on a person’s quality of life.
As a medical professional with more than 25 years of psychiatry experience, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges one can face while living with a mental illness. These include stigmatization, inequitable access to health care and medications, changed roles in the family and the workplace, a sense of isolation, impaired functioning, and uncertainty about the future. With more than 1 in 4 American having mental illness, it is important to take the opportunity to continue to raising awareness for the overall importance of improving mental health.
For more information about Mental Health Month.
For more than 50 years, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research. This dedication is most evident every May, which the organization declares as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”
AstraZeneca urges Americans to embrace National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and to learn more about the impact these diseases can have on people’s lives.
Approximately 25 million Americans, including 7 million children, suffer from asthma. The number of people who are affected by this chronic disease, which affects the airways and lungs, is increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the last 10 years the proportion of people living with asthma in the United States has grown by nearly 15 percent.
Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States and impact more than 50 million Americans each year. Indoor allergens are one type of trigger that can affect an individual’s asthma. Triggers can cause asthma symptoms or lead to an attack. It is important to note these triggers, which include second hand smoke, dust mites, mold, pets and outdoor air pollution.
While May is the dedicated month for asthma and allergy awareness, AstraZeneca, the AAFA and other advocacy groups across the nation work to bring awareness to the many Americans who suffer from asthma and allergies throughout the year.
There are steps that individuals can take to control their asthma through appropriate care. To access helpful asthma resources, including information on asthma triggers and steps that may help prevent asthma attacks, visit the EPA’s website .
To learn more about National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month and to see how you can be involved this May, visit www.aafa.org
HealthNetwork Communications has compiled a list of the Top 25 influencers in evidence development. Individuals from AstraZeneca and our partner HealthCore topped the list based on their experience, career achievements and contributions to evidence development.
Brian Sweet, the Executive Director of U.S. Payer & Real World Evidence at AstraZeneca, was named the No. 3 influencer in evidence development. At AstraZeneca, he focuses on our initiatives in real world evidence (RWE) and comparative effectiveness research, as well as RWE with U.S. payers and integrating delivery networks.
Marcus Wilson, the president and co-founder of HealthCore, the health outcomes research subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., was named the No. 1 influencer in evidence development. HealthCore is AstraZeneca’s founding partner in the RWE Health Collaborative.
AstraZeneca is investing in RWE because we want to be more informed about our products and how they work in real-world settings. Our RWE capability allows us to generate the insights that both AstraZeneca needs, and our customers want, to help make informed decisions about clinical options and the value of these options.
Our approach to RWE goes far beyond examining claims data to be inclusive of clinical datasets like Registries and Electronic Health Records so we can have a full understanding of how our products help to improve patient health and impact total cost of care. This provides insights into what is happening in the real world (evaluate benefits design, clinical guidelines, and patient demographics and adherence), which can help answer the question “why” we are seeing the real world utilization and costs in the market.
We are also focused on how we can help reduce the time it takes to get from generating the evidence to using it in practical ways.
RWE helps us fill important information gaps that matter to payers, providers and patients.
PhRMA launches a new campaign called “i am science.”
PhRMA, our industry’s trade association, launched a new initiative this week called “i am science,” aimed at introducing the people who are working daily to discover the next generation of medicines.
PhRMA President & CEO John Castellani explains:
As an industry, we need to do a better job of telling our story – who we are, what we believe in, and why the work we are doing is so important. If we don’t, we will continue to be misunderstood and the full value of innovative medicines may not be recognized.
A good starting point is to put a spotlight on biopharmaceutical scientists who every day work hard to discover and research new potential medicines to help improve and save millions of patients’ lives.
After all, scientists are the heart and soul of the biopharmaceutical enterprise. Without scientists, our industry – and the life-saving therapies it develops – would cease to exist. …
The good news is that through a new initiative called “I AM SCIENCE”, we are bringing the scientists to your living room, office, classrooms and just about anywhere there is Internet access so that you can meet those who are responsible for developing transformative medicines that can help you, a family member or a friend fight disease.
Click on over and have a look at the initiative, along with videos of scientists telling their stories.
AstraZeneca is proud to be a part of a new coalition, Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence, aimed at developing, promoting, and helping enact policy solutions to improve medicine adherence nationwide.
Prescriptions for a Healthy America is a partnership of patient, health care providers, pharmacy organizations, consumers, and health care industry leaders whose goal is to develop near-term policy solutions to improve medication adherence.
According to a new national survey commissioned by the Partnership for a Healthy America, two-thirds of Americans are not adhering to their prescribed medication regimen.
Medication adherence means that patients are taking their medications at the times, dosages, frequencies, and direction prescribed. Failure to do so results in negative health effects for patients and reduced effectiveness of treatment regimens.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that hospital admissions resulting strictly from poor medication adherence costs the United States $100 billion per year.
For more information on the partnership and to help ensure your voice is heard, please visit http://www.adhereforhealth.org.
AstraZeneca has launched the AZ Investor app, the company’s first corporate mobile application. It is available on the Apple App store.
The app, which is initially available on iPad devices, offers investors easy access to company information and exclusive content, including leadership videos. Other features include:
• AstraZeneca news
• Presentations and downloads
• Events calendar
• Investor relations contacts
The app can be downloaded to your iPad by searching on the Apple App store for AstraZeneca Investor Relations. You can also see it here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/astrazeneca-investor-relations/id624720544?mt=8