“The dogma was, it just wasn’t possible,” says Andreas Pangerl,
senior medical director, hepatology, AbbVie. But here he sits,
discussing what it will take to eliminate a viral disease, hepatitis C
(HCV), on a global scale.
On the surface, the problem of elimination seems straightforward.
There’s a known disease, a simple way to diagnose it, and effective
treatments. But HCV can be asymptomatic for years. In other words, HCV
involves an unaware, infected population that may not have access to
or trust for the medical establishment.
how Pangerl is working with the AbbVie’s health economics and
outcomes research (HEOR) scientists to think out of the box to find
the “missing millions” of people infected with undiagnosed or
*In HCV, cure means that the virus is undetectable 12 weeks or
more after completing treatment. This is also known as
"sustained virologic response" or SVR.
If you want to know what life with endometriosis is like, find a
group of 10 women and ask. At least one of them will be able to tell
you all about it.
“There’s been a neglect of women in this area,” says Marianne
Sutcliffe, vice president, women’s health, AbbVie. “There hasn’t been
enough investment or emphasis on endometriosis, and there’s not the
support that these women need.”
Endometriosis occurs when tissue that acts a lot like the lining of
the uterus—called endometrium—starts growing outside of the uterus.
This tissue forms lesions or implants that attach to the ovaries,
bladder, fallopian tubes, bowel and other areas near the uterus,
causing inflammation and severe pelvic pain, pain with periods, and
pain during intercourse.