Real people impacted by our medicinesWe use the power of science to deliver new medicines to patients in need. Many of our scientists and colleagues have committed decades to the discovery and development of a new medicine. Hearing firsthand how our work has helped others is the ultimate validator of success and provides continued motivation.
Meet RoseAs a breast cancer survivor, Rose didn’t realize she could develop non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Rose, 74, is a breast cancer survivor and a previous smoker who had been neglecting mammograms because she had a mastectomy. After urging from her physician’s assistant, she got a mammogram and chest X-ray, which led to a biopsy that confirmed her non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) diagnosis. Rose’s doctor recommended treatment for her cancer, which she has been receiving since March 2021. Rose said, “I trusted [my doctor] so much. And I also asked a million questions.” Rose states that she is very independent, and this journey has tested her physically and mentally, but she’s grateful for the progress made.
Meet SkyeSevere eczema kept Skye uncomfortable and covered up, even on beach trips.
Skye, 13, has had severe eczema for as long as she can remember, having been diagnosed when she was a few months old. Despite growing up by the beach, she always wore long sleeves and pants to cover her skin. The itch was particularly unbearable. After years of trying topical therapies, her pediatric dermatologist tried a different treatment approach. Today, Skye spends less time worrying about her eczema and more time enjoying her hobbies and being open about her experience with others.
Meet TeresaEven through a pandemic, Teresa made sure to prioritize her vision.
Teresa, 77, first noticed something odd about her vision when she was driving – the streetlights looked like stars and the headlights of oncoming traffic were blurred. She was scared and quickly made an appointment with her eye doctor. Her doctor diagnosed her with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) and recommended treatment. For many years, Teresa has been receiving injections, and even during the COVID-19 pandemic, she never missed an appointment to get her injection. She is excited to get back to the things she loves to do. Eye injections have become a part of her health routine. She now encourages her friends to go to the eye doctor if they notice any changes in their vision.
All the late nights in the lab and at the desk are worth it when we make a difference for someone in need. We’ve received many powerful messages of support and gratitude from patients who have received our medicines and from their friends and family. Here are some meaningful examples.
COMMITMENT TO PATIENT ADVOCACYPart of our role as scientific innovators is increasing disease awareness and elevating the patient voice. We do this through our patient advocacy work in which we support efforts to empower patients through education and recognize patient advocacy groups’ goals, issues and challenges. We aim to develop meaningful, long-term relationships with patient advocacy groups and to collaborate on addressing important health issues that result in positive patient outcomes. In fact, in 2021, we engaged with 146 global and U.S. patient advocacy and professional societies – including the American Lung Association, Elevating Cancer Equity Initiative and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – across 28 different diseases.