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Patients Matter Video Series


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The Patients Matter Video Series is a series of short videos developed by FDA’s Office of Patient Affairs to teach patients and other stakeholders about FDA and patient engagement efforts. The video series is intended to educate patients and other stakeholders about FDA, encourage them to share their perspectives on living with a disease or condition, and provide information about how to contact the Agency.


Patients Matter

Learn about how FDA wants to hear from and engage with patients, caregivers, and patient advocates in this introduction to the Patients Matter video series

Patients Matter: Giving Patients A Seat at the Table

Learn about five different kinds of meetings, forums, and committees at which patients, caregivers, and advocates are invited to sit at the table with FDA and share their ideas, experiences, and concerns.

Patients Matter: FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development Grants Program

Learn about how FDA is administering funding to support innovative clinical trial methods and research for the millions of people with rare diseases through the Orphan Products and Natural History Grants Programs. These grants are open to foreign or domestic, public or private, for-profit or nonprofit entities, including patient advocacy groups, academicians, and industry.

Patients Matter: How Rare Disease Patients Can Move Scientific Discovery Forward

Learn about how patients, caregivers, and advocates can get involved in natural history studies and clinical trials to help scientists develop treatments for patients with rare diseases.

Patients Matter: What is Expanded Access?


Learn about FDA’s Expanded Access Program, when Expanded Access could be an option, the process for requesting Expanded Access and hear a family’s experience with the Program.

Resources for Patients:
FDA’s Expanded Access patient webpage
Connect with FDA regarding the Expanded Access Program

Resources for Health Providers:
FDA’s Expanded Access physician webpage
Assistance with an oncology Expanded Access request

Patients Matter: What is an FDA Patient Listening Session?

Learn about why you should request a session and what happens during an FDA Patient Listening Session. FDA Patient Listening Sessions give patients, caregivers and patient organizations an opportunity to connect directly with the FDA about their health condition and help us understand what is most important including the physical and emotional burdens.

When a Patient Speaks: Testimonials from FDA Patient Representatives

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FDA Patient Representatives continue to make important contributions to the agency as medical products are regulated. It’s through the FDA Patient Representative Program® that both patients and caregivers are able to demonstrate their strengths as advocates and ambassadors to their communities. "When a Patient Speaks" is a series of short videos where experienced FDA Patient Representatives share what it means to serve in their unique role, the impact that it’s had on their lives, the lessons learned as they’ve served, and more.

For more information about how you can engage with FDA, contact FDA’s Office of Patient Affairs at PatientAffairs@fda.gov.

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