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The impact of a cancer diagnosis can be stressful. Questions such as “how will I tell my family?”, “how will I afford to pay my bills?”, “will I ever work again?” and even “will I survive?” are at the forefront of the patient’s mind as they process their diagnosis and begin treatment. So, how can the patient experience with treatment be supported? By offering the best quality of care.
From 2012 to 2017, under the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V), FDA conducted 24 disease-specific Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meetings to systematically obtain the patient perspective on specific diseases and their treatments; both breast and lung cancer disease states have been the focus of the PFDD meetings held to date¹. The FDA also established the Oncology Excellence Committee in 2017, to facilitate the development and clinical review of oncology products by uniting scientific experts across the FDA’s product centers to conduct expedited review of drugs, biologics, and devices².
Never have the oncology patient’s unmet needs been more integrated in drug development than now.
Any chronic and acute IV therapies to treat cancer need to focus on the clinical outcomes, which may be influenced by the patient experience. Offering patients a choice in the way their treatment is administered is what patients are now expecting, including ways to disconnect a patient and their treatment from an IV pole. Large volume subcutaneous administration offers patients this option by allowing cancer medicines to be delivered in a clinic or non-clinic setting. This benefits the patient as it offers an alternative to frequent, time consuming and potentially expensive hospital visits. Using a combination of clinical and non-clinical settings, more patients can be treated in a 24-hour period.
West’s SmartDose® drug delivery platform improves the cancer patient experience by offering subcutaneous injection via a large volume device that attaches to the patient, without sacrificing quality of care.
With West’s SmartDose platform, you can expand patient access to subcutaneous injection as a treatment option. As West’s SmartDose injector is already approved for use with an approved drug and commercially available in the US, Europe and Japan, you can get to market quickly with a combination product that improves the way a treatment is delivered.
High-quality components and systems are critical in the market today, so we are constantly working by the side of our customers to ensure that their needs and, ultimately the patients' needs are met. We recently developed an oncology drug development-focused section on our website because we understand the challenges posed by packaging in this space and the requirements that need to be met.
Click here to learn more about our packaging and delivery solutions for challenges in oncology development.
SmartDose® is a registered trademark of West Pharma. Services IL, Ltd., a subsidiary of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Take an in-depth look at the science behind containment & delivery of injectable medicines in the West Knowledge Center.
Many of the top-selling biologic drug products will soon come off-patent. As a result, according to IMS, the biosimilar market is expected to reach between US$1.9-2.6 billion by 2015.
West is pleased to announce the official opening of its new Waterford, Ireland facility, a global center of excellence for West’s advanced manufacturing network. The opening was celebrated on July 19, 2018, when customers and senior-level Irish government officials joined West executives at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.<br />
Last month, interns from Exton and the Washington, New Jersey Innovation Center, journeyed to West’s Jersey Shore manufacturing plant—that everyone soon learned was not at the beach. The visit provided an ideal opportunity to witness the operations of West’s manufacturing business. Upon arrival, interns completed the gowning process in order to adhere to the plant’s safety and quality standards. Then, after listening to a brief presentation on the history and differentiating capabilities of the facility, began the tour.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) held its annual meeting and exposition in Denver, CO from November 13-16. This meeting continues to be a major event in the calendar of pharmaceutical scientists in academia, the industry, government and research institutions who come to participate in training events and focus group meetings, hear subject matter expert presentations, and network with customers and suppliers at the 3-day exposition.
<p>We are very pleased to introduce our newly redesigned and enhanced website: <a href="/zh-cn/">www.westpharma.com.</a> </p><p>Our commitment to customers guides everything that we do – and our website is no different. The new and improved site offers a fresh look with easy navigation, mobile optimization and expanded digital capabilities to improve the customer experience.</p>