GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR PATIENT ACCESS:
EMPOWERING PATIENTS AS ADVOCATES
FOR INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS
As policymakers and governments consider issues impacting patient access to approved therapies and appropriate clinical care, it is essential that physicians and advocates share their unique perspectives. Every few months new advances in therapeutic options are introduced that can treat or cure diseases previously considered disabling or even terminal. In response, policymakers at the international, regional, and national levels are struggling with how to balance access to these therapies with considerations of costs and patient safety. In confronting these challenging questions, governments and policymakers benefit from understanding the physician’s perspective, as well as those of patient advocates, so that they might make informed decisions.