THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced initial findings from a large global migraine patient survey, involving more than 11,000 people from 31 countries, including the U.S. The findings, to be presented at the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS) in San Francisco, reveal that migraine is associated with overall work and activity impairment.1 On average, 60 percent of employed respondents worldwide missed almost a full working week (4.6 days) due to migraine in a month.1 Migraine is a distinct neurological disease and is estimated to cost up to $22 billion in the U.S. each year.2,3
The My Migraine Voice survey was initiated and funded by Novartis and the European Migraine and Headache Alliance, guided by a steering committee including Amgen, migraine patients, neurologists and patient advocacy organizations. The survey included people who had at least four migraine days per month and 90 percent of respondents in the U.S. reported having previously tried at least one preventive treatment. The impact of migraine at work, including reduced work productivity (presenteeism) and work time missed due to migraine (absenteeism), was assessed using the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) questionnaire.
Among survey participants in the U.S., approximately 63 percent reported overall work impairment due to migraine.
"From being afraid to speak up about their disease at work in fear of losing their jobs, to feeling judged by colleagues, the stigma around migraine in the workplace is an ongoing issue that the migraine community faces daily," said Mary Franklin, executive director of the National Headache Foundation. "The findings from the My Migraine Voice survey shed light on the true impact of migraine at work, and showcase the urgent need for employers and employees to change the dialogue around migraine."
Further, employed respondents in the U.S. reported they felt lack of support and judged. For example:
- Although the majority of their employers (80 percent) knew about the employee's migraine, only 21 percent offered support.4
- Of those who reported that migraine affected their professional life, 30 percent said they felt judged, illustrating the need for awareness and support in the workplace.
Previous studies have shown that 90 percent of people say they cannot work or function with a migraine.5 In the My Migraine Voice survey, 72 percent of the respondents in the U.S. who were employed, including self-employed, needed at least one day off of work in the last month due to their migraine, with more than half of the respondents mentioning they could not work up to five days in a month.4
"Amgen, and our partner Novartis, have committed to leading the charge together against migraine misperceptions, and it is our mission to actively listen and respond to patients around the world to advance our knowledge of under-recognized diseases like migraine," said Anthony C. Hooper, executive vice president of Global Commercial Operations at Amgen. "Migraine has gone under-appreciated and under-treated for too long, and these results from the My Migraine Voice survey reinforce the immediate need to improve the lives of these patients."
Amgen and Novartis are working on future initiatives to focus on addressing how stigma against migraine manifests in the workplace: migraine gets in between people and their careers, and in between employee and employer. Through outreach and education, Amgen and Novartis aim to assist people in getting the support they need, and facilitate informed communication among people with migraine and those who live and work with them, including coworkers, employers and insurers.
Further results on the physical and economic burden of migraine will be released at upcoming medical meetings, and the findings from the survey are being prepared for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
About My Migraine Voice Survey
The My Migraine Voice survey was a global survey assessing the worldwide migraine burden from the patient's perspective.1,4 Data was collected via a 30-minute online questionnaire fielded in 31 countries between September 2017 and February 2018. The survey questions covered the social, economic and emotional impact of the disease, the real-life experience of an individual living with migraine and their journey through the healthcare system and employment environment. Study participants were 11,266 adults (aged 18 years or older) who had experienced at least four migraine days each month in the last three months and self-reported having been diagnosed with migraine by a medical professional.1,4 Of those recruited, 90 percent had experience of at least one preventive treatment and of these, 80 percent had to change their treatment one or more times.1
Participants were recruited via online panels in all countries. In 12 countries, some participants were recruited through patient advocacy organizations (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom). In France, patients were also recruited through the Migraine Buddy mobile app.
The average age of respondents was 39.4 Sixty-three percent were married and 73 percent reported that they were employed in some capacity (full-time, part-time, self-employed or studying).4 The survey highlighted the chronic nature of migraine, with more than one in three respondents (37 percent) reporting they have been affected for 16 or more years.4
The study was conducted by the market research company Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) in Switzerland. Full results of the survey will be released at future scientific congresses and in peer-reviewed publications.
The European Migraine and Headache Alliance (EMHA) is a non-profit, patient umbrella group which was launched in 2006 and represents 25 patient groups from across the continent. EMHA is an active member of the European Federation of Neurological Alliances, the International Association of Patient Organizations and the European Patients Forum. The EMHA works closely with organizations such as the European Headache Federation, the European Brain Council and others.
People with frequent migraine may lose more than half their life to migraine. They endure debilitating pain, physical impairment, and live in constant dread of the next attack – all of which is compounded by a widespread misperception of the disease.5 The 2016 Global Burden of Disease Study ranks migraine among the top 10 causes of years lived with disability worldwide.6 Migraine is associated with personal and societal burdens of pain, disability, and financial cost, and it remains under-recognized and under-treated.5
About Amgen and Novartis Neuroscience Collaboration
In August 2015, Amgen entered into a global collaboration with Novartis to develop and commercialize pioneering treatments in the field of migraine and Alzheimer's disease. At the center of the Amgen and Novartis neuroscience collaboration is the shared mission to fight migraine and the stereotypes and misperceptions surrounding this debilitating disease.
About the Amgen and Novartis Migraine Mission
Migraine has gone under-appreciated and under-treated for too long. Amgen and Novartis have committed to leading the charge together against migraine misperceptions. Through outreach and education our goal is to challenge public perception of migraine disease, assist people in getting the treatment they need and facilitate informed communication among people with migraine and those who live and work with them, including co-workers, employers and insurers. Future initiatives will include a focus on addressing how stigma against migraine manifests in the workplace: migraine gets in between people and their careers, and in between employee and employer. We hope our workplace program will serve as an example to coworkers, employers and human resources to help each party understand why and how they should treat migraine as a serious disease.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world's largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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