West to Co-present Research Findings on Understanding the Patient Journey through the Phases of a Chronic Disease
With the increase in chronic conditions such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis) it is becoming more critical to provide safe and effective drug delivery systems that can be used by the patient for self-administration in the home environment. West provides a number of solutions to support the packaging and delivery of these conditions, and realizes the importance of ensuring a deep understanding of patients' needs. This is essential to ensure that systems are provided that optimize patient experience and improve outcomes through the patient's journey from initial diagnosis to a point of being in control of their treatment.
"Effective drug delivery is no longer just about the drug molecule," said
West has a seven-year relationship with Insight Product Development, a healthcare-centric product development consultancy. "Being able to identify and frame the needs of the users as they relate to their delivery device is critical for pharmaceutical companies to support the patient beyond the drug," said
The paper to be presented at the PDA conference will highlight the transition from initial diagnosis, often creating a feeling of denial and depression. In this stage of the journey, the patient may make comments such as, "All of a sudden it's there, and you didn't want it or plan for it." As the journey progresses, the patient may feel in control of the treatment, and make comments such as, "It's a marathon not a sprint" and "I'm always working on being better." West will use the study results to work with its pharmaceutical partners to help improve patient outcomes.
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West works side-by-side with its healthcare partners from concept to the patient, designing and manufacturing packaging, diagnostic and delivery systems that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of their products. Every day, West is leading the way with cutting-edge technologies and quality systems, a thorough understanding of global regulatory compliance, and an unmatched and growing knowledge base of relevant pharmaceutical product testing, development and packaging. Based in
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With 350 completed healthcare programs and over 30,000 hours of research completed worldwide, Insight provides design and innovation to clients on global scale. Since 1988, Insight has relied on its research, design and engineering teams to create device solutions that are user-centered, safe and reliable.
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