CHAPEL HILL, NC, USA – September 27, 2018 — The World Thrombosis Day campaign today announced that BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, has joined the campaign as a Global Contributor of its global awareness initiative to help reduce death and disability caused by thrombosis, also known as blood clots. Observed on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day, led by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), mobilizes more than 1,500 partner organizations to hold more than 9,000 awareness events worldwide each year. Last year alone, the campaign reached an estimated 2.7 billion people in an effort to shine a spotlight on the burden of this condition.
“World Thrombosis Day plays a vital role in increasing public awareness of the significance, risks, signs and symptoms of thrombosis and we are privileged to join the movement as Global Contributors,” said Amanda Baccarini vice president of global marketing and strategic innovation at BD. “We recognize the challenges people who suffer from thrombosis face every day, which is why we are committed to developing the highest quality medication delivery solutions possible that deliver life-saving anticoagulants. We encourage companies and health care professionals around the world to learn more about diagnosing and treating this condition.”
BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company works closely with pharmaceutical companies to offer innovative medication delivery solutions that can help improve the quality of life for those who suffer from this condition through the administration of anticoagulant medications.
One in four deaths worldwide is related to thrombosis, highlighting the urgent need for awareness and patient empowerment to ask for a risk assessment.1,2 With the tagline, Know Thrombosis, the campaign encourages the general public, healthcare professionals, and key decision-makers to know and take action on the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of the condition.
“As we recognize the fifth anniversary of World Thrombosis Day, we are delighted to welcome BD to the campaign as a Global Contributor,” said Gary Raskob, Ph.D., Chairman of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. “BD’s partnership is critical to our efforts in raising awareness of thrombosis, as well as shining a spotlight on the delivery of care which is vital to patients worldwide.”
To learn more and support World Thrombosis Day, visit www.worldthrombosisday.org.
- Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, “Thrombosis: A Major Contributor to the Global Disease Burden.” www.worldthrombosisday.org/issue/global-burden-vte/
- World Health Organization (WHO), “65th World Health Assembly Closes with New Global Health Measures,” (2012). www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2012/wha65_closes_20120526/en/
About World Thrombosis Day
Launched in 2014 and held annually on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) aims to increase public, healthcare professional and health care systems’ awareness of thrombosis and, ultimately, to reduce deaths and disabilities from thromboembolic disease through a greater awareness of its causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and evidence-based prevention and treatment. WTD’s mission supports the World Health Assembly’s global target of reducing premature deaths by non-communicable disease by 25 percent by 2025, as well as the WHO global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the 2013-2020 timeframe. Visit www.worldthrombosisday.org for more information and to get involved.
About the ISTH
Founded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. ISTH is an international professional membership organization with more than 5,000 clinicians, researchers and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 98 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, research activities, meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and World Thrombosis Day on 13 October. Visit ISTH online at www.isth.org.