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Raising patient awareness of overactive bladder

by Astellas Pharma Ltd with support from Wizzard

Summary of work

Winner: by Astellas Pharma Ltd with support from Wizzard

In 2009 Astellas embarked on a project working in partnership with the Bladder and Bowel Foundation to engage with patients suffering from the condition overactive bladder (OAB) who were not fully aware that their symptoms related to a treatable medical condition.

This disease awareness programme is unique in two key respects:

1. Consistency – over the course of the campaign, every month has seen an active engagement programme with targeted and innovative promotion. No other disease awareness programme has consistently engaged with its target audience to this degree over such a period.

2. Effectiveness – underpinning the programme has been a process of ongoing research into the target audience so that messages could be refined to address the needs identified. New campaign materials have been produced to encourage engagement whenever new and important messages have been identified. By this approach the campaign has evolved and continued to work even harder to deliver a significant response.

Now entering its fifth year the programme has supported over half a million patients with OAB to seek help and advice and for many to gain control over their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Judges comments

This team have demonstrated excellence through a consistent, effective approach; strong insight and real passion for both their flagship brand and their business. They’ve used all they have learned over the last few years to continue in pursuit of their goal, improving the lives of people living with overactive bladder.


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Key dates

Entry deadline 25 August 2023
Extended entry deadline 1 September 2023*
*additional fee applies
Judging Day 10 October 2023
Company/Team of the Year Interviews 3 November 2023
PMEA Event 22 November 2023