Sept. 2, 2022

Early Diagnosis: A Game-Changer for Patients

Early Diagnosis: A Game-Changer for Patients

In the rare disease community, early diagnosis can put patients on a treatment plan faster and improve outcomes. But that depends on accessible and affordable screenings, genetic testing, and holistic care. Thankfully, there are policy solutions to make that a reality. 

August marked Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness month, so we hear how this community advocates for greater access and affordability to improve care. We get the policy takeaways on how you can raise your voice for the rare disease community. Plus, hear one family’s story about their daughter’s diagnosis of SMA and why advancements in gene therapy are crucial. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent


Paul Melmeyer, VP of Public Policy & Advocacy, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Lizmara and Angel Figueroa

ChiChi Nnoli, Patient Correspondent


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