Initiatives

Patient-Centric & Prospective Medicine Project

The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI) has initiated a research program to study the treatment preferences of patients with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The project is supported by Intermune, a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. Dr. John F P Bridges PhD, an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at CMPI, will serve as the principal investigator of this project. The project will apply the principles of community-based participatory medicine to engage patients, family members, providers and other stakeholder in the design and pilot of a survey instrument to measure the stated-preferences of patients of with IPF for the potential benefits and risk of therapy. A geographically diverse sample of patients with IPF will be then recruited through clinics and advocacy groups to complete the survey. Analysis will use state-of-the-art methods to estimate preferences and results will be disseminated widely.


Critical Path Project

In cooperation with The Critical Path Institute headed up by Ray Woosley, academic researchers and other stakeholders, we are seeking to promote support for and participation in activities that advance the Critical Path Initiative. The challenge facing the world is disease, not unsafe medicines. Drug safety is critical, but it is a decision that should be based on individual risk factors identified using new tools, better science-based information and greater consumer control over health information.

We recently had a conference with over 100 journalists, scientists, and policymakers in attendance that looked at the media?s emphasis on the risks of medicines at the expense of a more balanced approach to coverage.

CMPI is now conducting research as to whether or not consumers will actually benefit from follow-on biologics compared to increased investment in new biologics. We are also holding a conference in Washington about alternatives to proposals to restrict patient and physician access to drugs as a way to limit drug risk contained in Institute of Medicine report and congressional FDA proposals. Our approach would rely on biomarkers based trials and more advanced health information technology in the post market. This latter activity is being conducted in cooperation with patient groups and the Critical Path Institute.


The Patient-Centric Health Forum

As part of Patient-Centric and Prospective Medicine program, we have created The Patient-Centric Health Forum, which will develop the "business" models for promoting the selection, use of and payment for cutting edge medical tools that promotes personalized strategic prevention and treatment of disease among consumers, employers and health plans. It includes heads of academic medical centers, health plans, outcomes researchers, venture capitalists and biopharmaceutical firms. Mark McClellan, former Medicare administrator and FDA commissioner, will chair the group.

The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI) has initiated a research program to study the treatment preferences of patients with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The project is supported by Intermune, a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. Dr. John F P Bridges PhD, an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at CMPI, will serve as the principal investigator of this project. The project will apply the principles of community-based participatory medicine to engage patients, family members, providers and other stakeholder in the design and pilot of a survey instrument to measure the stated-preferences of patients of with IPF for the potential benefits and risk of therapy. A geographically diverse sample of patients with IPF will be then recruited through clinics and advocacy groups to complete the survey. Analysis will use state-of-the-art methods to estimate preferences and results will be disseminated widely.
 


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