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Editorial: Participation Vital in Fight Against Sickle Cell

Red blood cells in a patient with sickle cell disease are shown in a June 2014 image provided by the National Institutes of Health.AP

The good news is that science is moving forward. But we cannot achieve success alone. The faster we can find qualified patients for clinical trials, the faster we can potentially bring an exciting new therapy to those who are literally crying out for them.

If you or someone you know is affected by sickle cell disease, use this opportunity to reflect on whether you can get involved in being a part of the solution.

Talk to your doctor about getting involved with a clinical trial to see if you might be able to participate. Together we can lift the burden of disease for these patients. For these patients and their families - every day is “sickle cell day.”

Kevin W. Williams, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. is Chief Medical Officer, Rare Disease at Pfizer, Inc.

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