Sphere "Patient w/o Effective Medicines" aims to provide patients with limited drug options an opportunity to access an alternative solution. We understand that every patient is in different situation and circumstance. They may be facing a variety of adversities, such as not seeing a doctor because it is difficult to judge for themselves whether their physical condition is good or bad, or they may know it is good to take medicine but they do not want to do so.
To improve the situation for these patients, Astellas started with changing the medical-care environment for women facing various life-stage problems. For example, the general idea is that some degree of discomfort and anxiety cannot be avoided in case of pregnancy, and issues regarding pregnant women had not been taken seriously in the past. Under these circumstances, it is often difficult for these individuals to reveal their physical condition to the people around them, and, therefore, important signs may be overlooked. We may have a room to improve such a situation. This is an issue that we hope to address through Rx+®.
For pregnant women, we are considering providing perinatal management solutions based on prenatal checkup information and various monitoring methods. Monitoring the situation when a pregnant woman is both in or out of the home, not just in the hospital, may reduce her anxiety and make it easier to identify situations that require intervention. We aim to establish a system that can lead to prompt treatment in such situation.
As Astellas is aware of the difficulty of solving problems of people having limited access to medicine, we look forward to working with external partners.
Assets and capabilities that Astellas expects from its partners
- Monitoring techniques for pregnant women (small, portable monitoring devices that can be used with or without physical contact)
- Solutions that can treat and relieve the symptoms (mainly minor issues) that occur in women’s life stages