Voice of the Patient (VOP) Report
Last year, BSF hosted an Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting to share with officials at FDA and other stakeholders (e.g., industry and research institutions) the perspectives of people living with Barth syndrome (BTHS), its impact on their daily lives, and their expectations and priorities for current and future treatments for BTHS.
Notably, BSF had one of the highest attendance rates of any externally-led PFDD meeting, with more than 25% of the world’s known BTHS-affected population represented. The subsequent "Voice of the Patient: Barth Syndrome" report is a compilation of the testimonies and survey responses of individuals affected by Barth syndrome from all around the world and is the first-ever report of its kind for this ultra-rare condition.
Earlier this week, BSF presented this report to CDER, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, organized in partnerships with staff from the Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement office at FDA (PASE).
One piece of the greater mission of PASE is to provide a focal point for advocacy and two-way engagement on drug development, review, and safety. This meeting represented a tremendous milestone in BSF’s advocacy agenda and provided BSF the platform to engage with drug developers and regulatory representatives, sharing firsthand experience of what it means to have Barth syndrome.
James Valentine, BSF’s regulatory advisor, said of the meeting, “BSF brought the voices of all of those individuals from the PFDD meeting to the doorstep of FDA. In doing so, BSF demonstrated the unique value of ways in which patient advocacy organizations can partner with FDA to create an environment that will attract drug development to the space.”