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The inVentiv Medical Communications Award for Excellence in Healthcare Collaboration and Partnerships

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Finalist

Think Again. Think NP-C

by The INPDA in collaboration with Actelion
with support from Packer Forbes Communications


Summary of work

Niemann Pick type C (NP-C) is a rare disease in which the movement and storage of lipids in the body stops working. There is no cure; treatment aims at slowing disease progression. On average, patients wait 5-6 years for a diagnosis, as symptoms are difficult to identify. Yet rapid diagnosis and initiation of treatment are crucial to improving patients’ and families’ lives.

‘Think Again. Think NP-C’ was a campaign created by the patient association the International Niemann-Pick Disease Alliance (INPDA) and Actelion, the first time the INPDA had collaborated with a pharmaceutical company. The campaign aimed to increase NP-C recognition among clinicians and reduce time to diagnosis, through joint working between the two groups.

A series of meetings was convened to achieve buy-in from all parties and foster strong collaborative relationships at a country level. The campaign was market-tested with clinicians across Europe and various materials were created for local adaptation, highlighting symptoms clinicians should look out for.

17 countries have committed to rolling out the campaign locally, including nearly 80% of INPDA member groups. Of the countries that have launched so far, 1 has reported a 150% increase in diagnoses, and 3 countries have reported an increase in referrals/screening. 

Judges' comments

Good evidence of improved outcomes driving earlier diagnosis and capability across multiple markets, thanks to strong partnership. 


Winner

Eliminating hepatitis C within a generation: what are you going to do about it? - by London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
with support from Dovetail


Finalists

Think Again. Think NP-C - by The INPDA in collaboration with Actelion
with support from Packer Forbes Communications