‘Empowering patients, policy makers, academics and the pharmaceutical industry to change the drug development process in order to speed up the delivery of life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to people with life-threatening and rare illnesses.’

By facilitating expert debate and discussion, online collaboration and sharing of best practice, the campaign aims to raise the issue of earlier access to medicine higher up both the political and media agenda.

Put patients at the heart of medical innovation

Patient organisations believe that their voice and engagement would make major, positive changes to priorities at several stages in the medical innovation process.

We are calling on the Government and political parties to unite behind a medical innovation manifesto for patients, to implement a programme that will see patients having a greater voice in their treatment, and to develop more adaptive pathways for clinical research and medical innovation.

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A message from Claire Halpin

Claire Halpin, widow of Empower founder Les Halpin, conveys her thanks to those who came together for the manifesto launch on 25th March. Claire only wishes Les had been there to see the huge step taken with the Early Access Scheme.

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The Four Campaign Pillars

  • A relaxation of regulations
  • Changes to the testing regime
  • A comprehensive review of treatments
  • A call for UK government to take an international lead

A relaxation of regulations

To allow patients with life-threatening illnesses to access drugs for their condition which have already been approved for other conditions.

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Changes to the testing regime

To enable drugs to be developed more quickly for terminal illnesses

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A comprehensive review of treatments

For all terminal, life-threatening and seriously life-encroaching conditions

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A call for UK government to take an international lead

In encouraging medical research & development (R&D) to extend into minority conditions that are terminal, life-threatening and seriously life-encroaching

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