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Clarity and Responsibility: The introduction of a new treatment option for alcohol dependence in the UK

by Clark Health Communications for Lundbeck

Summary of work

Clarity and Responsibility: The introduction of a new treatment option for alcohol dependence in the UK

The UK’s drink problem is a heavy and growing burden on the nation’s health, well-being and public purse, yet only around 6% of people with alcohol dependence (AD) receive treatment each year.1 

Selincro® (nalmefene) was the first treatment licensed to help certain AD patients to reduce, rather than abstain, from drinking – an effective and recommended treatment goal for reducing health harms in appropriate patients. Its launch represented a unique and challenging opportunity to present an exciting alternative treatment approach, but one that targeted a distinct patient group, and didn’t fit neatly into the prevailing service configuration/treatment pathway. Clarity, accuracy and responsibility were vital for the success of the communications programme and Lundbeck’s subsequent reputation in a new therapy area. 

A pre- to post-launch programme of activities saw the development of an innovative, endorsed template integrated care pathway tool to aid local service redesign; high quality and particularly factual media reporting reaching >260 million (despite a high risk for ‘overhype’ or misinterpretation); purposeful joint working/engagement with >60 new AD stakeholders and a wealth of new, interactive resources in use by field teams to directly educate and demonstrate identification of patients and treatment success to a range of healthcare professionals. 

1. Alcohol Concern. Investing in Alcohol Treatment – Reducing Costs and Improving Lives. 2010

Judges comments

This is a proper product comms programme. It deals professionally with a very sensitive subject that is surrounded in controversy. They thought about the care pathway and got stakeholders together and demonstrated strong evidence of customer insights and strategy through highly-targeted execution. It is a well-presented and well-rounded programme, that got excellent media results. It’s an excellent example of product launch.


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Key dates

Entry deadline 5 March 2020
Extended entry deadline 12 March 2020
Judging day 1 7 May 2020
Judging day 2 21 May 2020
Awards Ceremony 2 July 2020

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