We share a commitment with healthcare providers and patients to improve the health of people around the world.
Astellas recognizes the crucial role that patient groups and healthcare providers play in enhancing and extending the lives of patients. We also acknowledge the power of patients to act on their own behalf—and on behalf of other patients and caregivers as well.
By supporting patient advocacy groups and organizations that advocate for improved patient care, we work to strengthen the power patients have to influence positive changes in healthcare. In all of the support and funding we provide, we work diligently to maintain the highest levels of transparency and integrity.
Our Stakeholder Engagement team has developed several programs to help facilitate dialogue about the patient journey and connect advocates across various therapeutic areas:
- The Patient Advocates Advisory Committee serves as a confidential sounding board for seeking and evaluating patient feedback regarding healthcare needs and services, strengthening our ability to meet the needs of patients.
- Our annual Patient Advocacy Summit gathers more than 100 patient advocacy leaders to discuss some of the pressing issues confronting medical innovation and patient access to quality care.
- Changing Tomorrow Together, an interactive website, stimulates dialogue and creates opportunities to share patient-focused resources and information, inspiration and ideas across the advocacy community.
To learn more about Astellas’ commitment to patient advocacy organizations, visit www.changetogether.com.
Astellas, in partnership with USA Rugby and the Australian Rugby Union, launched the #pass4prostate challenge in August 2015—a public health campaign intended to raise awareness of prostate cancer, the second-most common cancer in men. Rugby fans globally were encouraged to “pass” along their support for the program by posting a video of themselves tossing a ball or inanimate object, using #pass4prostate, on their social media channels, or by simply sharing a message of support. For every #pass4prostate social share, Astellas donated funds to one of several prostate cancer organizations in Australia, Canada and the United States, up to a total of $125,000. Thousands of employees and rugby fans around the world, including actor Russell Crowe, “the fastest man in rugby” Carlin Isles, members of the LA Dodgers and NY Yankees, and the University of Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson, joined the movement and the campaign succeeded in reaching an estimated 17.5 million consumers in 37 countries.