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The Porterhouse Medical Group Award for Excellence in Professional Education Programmes

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Addressing the Unmet Need in Hyperkalaemia

by Firstlight Public Relations for Vifor Pharma UK

Summary of work

Hyperkalaemia (HK) is when potassium levels in the blood become higher than normal. While often asymptomatic, if left untreated it can have life-threatening implications. HK is common in chronic conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF). Life-extending medications for CKD and HF can exacerbate HK meaning they are not being optimised to guideline recommendations.

Together with firstlight PR, Vifor Pharma set out to understand the reasons behind clinical inertia around treating to guidelines by conducting research and gathering insights from a multidisciplinary team, validating the need for education.

To tackle the issues surrounding optimal CKD and HF disease management, Vifor-led symposia drew in nephrologists and cardiologists to spark live debates, proving the extent of the problem.

Furthermore, a survey and peer-review publication unearthed a desire from clinicians for practical changes in guidelines and a need for new treatments for HK.

Tailored, multichannel education built on the awareness-raising activities to create tools and programmes, endorsed by respected professional and academic groups, that can improve clinical practice.

Judges' comments

This programme is a complete package that ticks all the boxes. It demonstrates a true educational need and addresses a really challenging problem. It is a successful start to a longer term campaign and the judges look forward to seeing its development.


Haemophilia Academy - by AXON Communications for Core sponsorship for the Haemophilia Academy is provided as an unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk Health Care AG. Additional sponsorship provided as an unrestricted educational grant from Instrumentation Laboratory

Addressing the Unmet Need in Hyperkalaemia - by Firstlight Public Relations for Vifor Pharma UK

PEAK – Progressing Evidence in Aktinic Keratosis to Optimise Care for Patients - by Leading Edge for Leo Pharma

Category Sponsors

Louise Dunn, Communications Consultant – Co-chair Communiqué Awards

Key dates

Entry deadline 11 March 2021
Extended entry deadline 18 March 2021
(additional fee applies)
Judging days May 2021
Awards Ceremony 1st September 2021

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