With Patients. For Patients: Our Unwavering Focus on Patient Centricity
Every year, Patient Engagement Leads across Pfizer collaborate with hundreds of Patient Advocacy Groups around the world to advance shared goals and better support the needs of patients everywhere. Pfizer’s Global Patient Advocacy team contributes to Pfizer’s end-to-end advocacy strategy by supporting teams to drive deep therapeutic and regional relationship models with patient advocacy groups. These partnerships can help improve patient outcomes by increasing patient engagement in research and development, elevating priority policy and social impact issues, creating meaningful resources and programs that provide value to patients and more.
PatientView Corporate Reputation in Pharma Survey
In 2021, Pfizer was recognized as the most patient-centric organization among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, according to the PatientView Corporate Reputation of Pharma Survey. The survey, reaching more than 2,150 patient advocacy groups across 90 countries, measures their perceptions of pharma companies across nine indicators, including transparency, patient safety, quality information, integrity, support for patients and more. Pfizer colleagues use the feedback shared by advocates to further enhance our strategy for sustaining respectful, equitable, impactful, and culturally appropriate relationships with advocacy groups that help improve patient outcomes.
Patients in Focus Week
In October, we hosted our second annual Patients in Focus week, themed “With Patients. For Patients.” The week is a dedicated time for global Pfizer colleagues to reflect on the impact patients and advocates have on our work. Colleagues heard directly from patients and advocates in their local communities and met with Patient Engagement Leads who showcased best-in-class examples of patient advocacy and engagement.
Pfizer leaders kicked off the week by sharing our definition of patient centricity, co-created with colleagues, patients, and advocates.
During the kickoff, Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and Aida Habtezion, Pfizer Chief Medical Officer, answered questions from advocacy groups about how we are involving patients from the earliest stage of research and drug development to the final approval of our medicines and vaccines.
Throughout the week more than 40,000 colleagues, from across 30 countries, attended patient panels and advocacy lunch-and-learns, blood drives and community volunteering initiatives, and health equity workshops, to name a few. Some Pfizer sites painted murals to display at nearby rehabilitation centers; others matched donations for local patient groups. No matter the event, colleagues reported a greater sense of connectedness, pride in their work, and a deeper understanding of the importance of patient advocacy and engagement.