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Autoimmune Patient Perspective on the Corporate Reputation of Pharma Companies, 2021-2022: Focus on Innovation and Treatments, COVID-19, & Pricing and Access to Medicines

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Dublin, Jan. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The Corporate Reputation of Pharma in 2021- The Patient Perspective - Autoimmune Edition - The Views of 293 Patient Groups (138 of these respondent patient groups specialised in arthritis) " report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The 'Corporate Reputation of Pharma' survey-Autoimmune Edition, is now in its 4th year, and two years into the Covid-19 pandemic. Between November 2021-February 2022, the survey collected the opinions of 293 autoimmune patient groups on the performance of the pharmaceutical industry during 2021.

Patient groups - and autoimmune patient groups especially - possess a deep and unique understanding of the patients they represent and express the collated views of these patients. Patient-group perspectives have become increasingly important to regulators that demand patient input into trial design and conduct (as well as into the evaluation of clinical outcomes).

At the same time, many patient groups are also familiar with the complexities of the pharmaceutical industry's business. From their vantage point, therefore, patient groups are both able to assess pharma, and recommend ways in which companies can improve - all from a patient perspective.

The report provides details on:

  • How the analyst measures pharma's corporate reputation from a patient perspective;

  • The companies included in the 2021 autoimmune analysis;

  • The headline results of the 2021 survey, from the perspective of autoimmune patient groups; and

  • The profiles of 2021's respondent autoimmune patient groups.

The 27 companies included in the autoimmune arm of the 2021 'Corporate Reputation of Pharma' analyses:

  • AbbVie

  • Amgen

  • AstraZeneca

  • Bayer

  • Biogen

  • Boehringer Ingelheim

  • Bristol Myers Squibb

  • Eli Lilly

  • Ferring

  • Gilead Sciences

  • GSK

  • Janssen

  • LEO Pharma

  • Merck & Co/MSD

  • Merck KGaA/EMD Serono

  • Mylan

  • Novartis

  • Pfizer

  • Roche/Genentech

  • Sandoz

  • Sanofi

  • Takeda/Shire

  • Teva

  • UCB

Summary of Results

FINDINGS AT INDUSTRY-WIDE LEVEL

2021's respondent autoimmune patient groups ranked the pharma industry's corporate reputation as higher than that of all other healthcare sectors (including biotech, retail pharmacists, generic drug, and medical-device companies); 63% rated the pharma industry's corporate reputation as "Excellent" or "Good". This figure has risen from 47% during the four years in which the autoimmune arm of the 'Corporate Reputation' survey has been running.

On Covid-19

The perceived increase in the pharma industry's corporate reputation by autoimmune patient groups is inevitably due, in part at least, to the industry's efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. 79% of 2021's respondent autoimmune patient groups rated the pharma's industry's response to the pandemic as "Very effective" or "Effective" (noticeably up on 2020's figure of 61%). Autoimmune-conditions patient groups played a key role in keeping the patients they represent informed and supported during the pandemic, and they clearly valued the help industry provided them at the time.

An Argentinian national patient group specialising in the care of people with multiple sclerosis told the 2021 'Corporate Reputation' survey: "Many [pharma companies] supported patient organisations for the dissemination of information, but were not initiatives of theirs directly.'

On innovation and treatments

The majority of 2021's respondent autoimmune patient groups also thought the pharma industry "Excellent" or "Good" at:

  • innovation (57%); at

  • making high-quality products (61%); and at

  • ensuring patient safety (56%).

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the approvals of new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis - the latest being so-called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, that tackle inflammation associated with the disease. JAK inhibitors may, additionally, have the potential to treat other autoimmune diseases.

On pricing and access to medicines

But respondent autoimmune patient groups were far more negative about pharma's pricing policies, and about patients' ability to access autoimmune medications. Only 33% of 2021's 293 respondent autoimmune patient groups believed the pharma industry to be "Excellent" or "Good" at ensuring access to medicines.

And just 12% of 2021's respondent autoimmune patient groups rated the pharma industry "Excellent" or "Good" at fair pricing policies. These scores for the industry by autoimmune patient groups have remained consistently low over the past few years.

The most-recent innovations for autoimmune diseases belong to a class of drugs known as biologics, 'targeted' therapies which work on different aspects of the immune response. However, because these are made using biotechnological techniques, they have proved more costly than their conventional chemical predecessors. As a result, cash-strapped healthcare systems have been rationing the use of newer treatments, not least because of the high prevalence of autoimmune diseases among populations.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the rising number of patients with autoimmune diseases has meant a fourfold-plus increase in global spending on treating autoimmune conditions in the period 2011-20. The WEF states that the total hit $107 billion in 2020, and is forecast to climb still further by the end of 2022, to $140 billion. Such rapid growth in both patients and costs highlights the ongoing need for pharma to find ways of making autoimmune treatments more affordable.

Although the cost of biologics is anticipated to fall as patents on the original treatments expire, and cheaper, lookalike biosimilars are introduced, patient groups are advocating for policymakers to review rationing procedures, especially since patent expiry on newer drugs is years away. In addition, some autoimmune patient groups feel that pharma is neglecting autoimmune patients who are on older, less profitable, drugs.

A UK arthritis patient group commented: "All of them [pharma] are trying to do the same thing - which feels like a 'tick-box' exercise to make them look good. Most pharma will only offer support beyond the medications to those on their drug. What is truly needed is public awareness about early diagnosis - and, ideally, supporting those people who are not on the really-expensive drugs. There only seems to be investment from the companies that have the advanced therapies, not the regular DMARDs that are not making them much money."

In summary

2021's respondent autoimmune patient groups collectively cover a broad range of autoimmune conditions, yet show remarkable consistency in their feedback to the 'Corporate Reputation' survey. While making clear how much they value the investment and success the industry has had in developing new drugs for many autoimmune conditions, they also enunciate their desire to be more involved in research and development.

They hold strong views on how pharma can be better partners with autoimmune patient groups, and they express concerns over the pricing of new autoimmune products. These sentiments are not unique to patient groups in the autoimmune-disease area, but do provide valuable insights, given the significant economic and lifestyle impact that long-term autoimmune conditions have on patients, and on society as a whole - worldwide.

COMPANY RANKINGS IN THE FIELD OF AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS

  • The top-three pharma companies out of 27 companies, ranked for their overall corporate reputation in 2021, as assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups familiar with the company: Pfizer, 1st - AbbVie, 2nd - Novartis, 3rd.

  • The top-three pharma companies out of 23 companies, ranked for their overall corporate reputation in 2021, as assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups working with the company: Pfizer, 1st - AbbVie, 2nd - Takeda, 3rd.

  • The top-three 'big-pharma' companies out of 13 companies, ranked for their overall corporate reputation in 2021, assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups familiar with the company: Pfizer, 1st - AbbVie, 2nd - Roche, 3rd.

  • The top-three 'big-pharma' pharma companies out of 13 companies, ranked for their overall corporate reputation in 2021, assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups working with the company: Pfizer, 1st - AbbVie, 2nd - Takeda, 3rd.

Who Should Read this Report?

Customer Types (Organisations)

  • Pharma companies

  • Biopharma companies

    • Regulatory authorities (e.g EMA, FDA)

    • NGOs and health charities (usually FOC) including Patient Groups

    • Research and academia

Job Titles/Functions for Pharma and Biopharma Organisations

Core:

  • Patient Relations

  • Corporate Reputation

  • Public Affairs

  • Professional Affairs

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Communications

  • Market Research

Secondary:

  • R&D

  • Health economics

  • Outcomes Research

  • Medical Affairs

  • Marketing

  • Brand teams

  • Market Access

  • Regulatory

Key Topics Covered:

  • Executive summary

  • Relationships that autoimmune patient groups have with pharma, 2021

  • Industry-wide findings, according to respondent autoimmune patient groups, 2021

  • Rankings of 27 pharma companies, 2021 v. 2020, as assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups familiar with the companies

  • Rankings of 23 pharma companies, 2021 v. 2020, as assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups working with the companies

  • Rankings of 13 'big-pharma' companies, 2021 v. 2020, as assessed by respondent autoimmune patient groups familiar with the companies

  • Rankings of 13 'big-pharma' companies in Autoimmune, 2021 v. 2020, as assessed by

  • respondent autoimmune patient groups working with the companies

  • Profiles of the 27 companies, 2021 (v. 2020)

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/5h11h6

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