AWAKE Sleep Apnea Initiative Documents Life-altering Impacts of Sleep Apnea and Patients’ Priorities for Treatment

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New report describes findings from survey of 5,630 patients and testimony at day-long meeting with FDA

WASHINGTONSept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A comprehensive report issued today by the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) details the magnitude of human suffering, barriers to diagnosis and treatment, and unmet needs described by people living with sleep apnea and family caregivers. “Raising Voices for Progress in Treatment and Care” is based on first-person accounts conveyed at the June 8, 2018 AWAKE Sleep Apnea patient-focused medical product development meeting attended by 465 people (in person and by live webcast) and a Patient & Caregiver Survey that attracted responses from 5,630 adults of all ages from around the country.

“This report, released as part of ASAA’s annual Sleeptember awareness events, is essential reading for anyone dealing with sleep apnea – diagnosed patients, symptomatic individuals and those at risk for the condition, family members, healthcare professionals, drug and device developers, researchers, and regulators. It is the most complete account of sleep apnea from a patient point-of-view in existence,” asserted Adam Amdur, ASAA’s chief patient officer. “The powerful testimonies delivered on June 8 and through the survey illustrate the good, the bad, and the ugly of the patient journey with sleep apnea; these testimonies also chart an advocacy agenda to address our community’s many and varied unmet needs.”

Key findings of the AWAKE Sleep Apnea Initiative, as detailed in the report, include:

  • Patients rated fatigue (80%) and daytime sleepiness (78%) as the top two symptoms with the most severe impact. Ratings by patients adherent to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy were higher (fatigue – 81% and daytime sleepiness – 79%) than those not using CPAP (fatigue – 75% and daytime sleepiness – 75%) for these and other symptoms identified as having moderate to severe impact.
  • Barriers to diagnosis include low awareness of the condition among the public and medical professionals, lack of access to specialists and sleep testing centers, misperceptions and stigma related to the condition and its treatment, burdensome testing procedures, and financial constraints. Many participants described being symptomatic for years – or decades – before getting diagnosed.
  • Obstacles to effective therapy include problems associated with diagnosis as well as uncomfortable or inconvenient design of therapeutic devices, side effects and other challenges tolerating treatments, inadequate or punitive insurance coverage policies, misdiagnosis and/or other medical complications.
  • CPAP was the most-cited therapy in response to the open-ended survey question, “What have you found that helps the most,” yet there were many caveats and persistence was required to determine and maintain effective machine settings, find a well-fitting mask and good seal, and to properly clean and maintain equipment. More initial instruction, ongoing support, and better customer service were sought by many CPAP-treated individuals.

With 5,630 responses, the AWAKE Sleep Apnea survey is the largest undertaken in conjunction with a patient-focused medical product development meeting conducted in collaboration with FDA. ASAA used a combination of traditional and social media channels to attract respondents to the 32-item survey; 12 partnering organizations helped extend outreach. ASAA also partnered with Evidation Health to deploy the survey within Evidation’s consumer health “Achievement” platform. Fifty-six percent (56%) the survey responses came through ASAA and partnering nonprofits and the remainder came through Evidation. In general, respondents via the Achievement platform were younger, less severely affected, less likely to have been diagnosed by a physician, and were using fewer medical treatments. Where significant differences were found between the two cohorts, they are reflected in the report.

The AWAKE Sleep Apnea education and empowerment initiative launched on April 24, 2018 in preparation for the June 8 meeting with FDA officials. It was the first campaign of its kind for sleep apnea. ASAA applied to host the meeting as part of FDA’s expanded patient engagement efforts to help regulators understand what individuals living with various conditions experience, which symptoms present the most difficulty, which treatment benefits matter most, and how they perceive potential risks and harms associated with treatment. The report and survey results will be submitted to FDA’s Patient Experience Resources archive. Additional data analyses will form the basis of manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed publications.

Nearly 18 million Americans of all ages have sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to stop breathing during sleep and leads to daytime sleepiness, poor productivity at work or school, and increased risk of accidents on the job and on highways, consequences described in vivid detail in the report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50-75 percent of adults with symptoms of sleep apnea have not discussed their concerns with a physician. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe health ramifications and is linked to increased rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other serious conditions, as meeting and survey participants described.

Founded in 1990, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) is a patient-led, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of sleep health through research, advocacy, and education. To read the report, visit https://www.sleepapnea.org/awake-sleep-apnea-initiative/. For more information about Sleeptember awareness activities and other sleep health resources, visit www.sleeptember.org.

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BELLA LUNA SPRING IN LINCOLN, MAINE IS NEWEST SOURCE FOR POLAND SPRING® 100% NATURAL SPRING WATER

Poland Spring,Northern Penobscot Activities Council, Good Neighbor Grant

LINCOLN, Maine – Lincoln’s Bella Luna spring is the newest water source to be used for Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water. This is the ninth spring water source in the state for the 173-year-old Maine-based company. Poland Spring has a contract with the Lincoln Water District to purchase this water, which will be collected at the new Lincoln load station.

Poland Spring undertakes an extensive process in locating new springs, looking for areas that have the same kind of geologic features as its existing spring sources. In addition, all the water Poland Spring sources must meet stringent local, state, and federal regulations to be considered 100% natural spring water.

“I can’t say enough about how great the local leaders in Lincoln and the Lincoln Water District have been to work with throughout this entire process,” said Tom Brennan, Senior Natural Resource Manager, Poland Spring. “From our early exploration to our detailed testing and examination of the water source, to the construction of the load station, everyone has been both welcoming and professional in working with us. We are proud to be an even greater part of the Lincoln community.”

“Poland Spring hasn’t just established a presence here in Lincoln, it’s established relationships that make it an engaged part of our community and that’s just a wonderful opportunity for our town and our region,” said Rick Bronson, Lincoln Town Manager. “Poland Spring came here looking to do good things in partnership with the community and that’s exactly what’s happened.”

Since first identifying Lincoln as a potential spring water source, Poland Spring has worked with the local community in identifying mutual needs, concerns, and priorities to move forward together. Over the last year, the company has held informational meetings, community suppers, and one-on-one conversations with townspeople and community leaders in an effort to be a good neighbor and a responsible member of the community.

Water from Bella Luna spring will be directed into the recently constructed Lincoln load station, which will be fully operational in the coming months. From there, it will be transferred into Poland Spring tankers, which will then transport the water to various Poland Spring bottling plants, depending on need.

About Poland Spring

Established in 1845, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. The company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. Additionally, Poland Spring maintains spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Dallas Plantation, Poland Spring, Pierce Pond Township, Kingfield, Denmark and Hollis, Maine. Poland Spring also:

  • Employs nearly 900 full-time and seasonal workers across the state, contributing nearly $49 million to the economy in annual payroll;
  • Spends over $135 million directly with other Maine companies each year; and
  • Invested over $7 million in community giving since 2000 to support schools, local non-profits, fire and rescue, environmental conservation, and many other local and statewide causes.

 

POLAND SPRING 100% NATURAL SPRING WATER PRESENTS: “Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers”

Poland Spring,Northern Penobscot Activities Council, Good Neighbor Grant

POLAND SPRING, MAINE – For more than 170 years, Poland Spring® Natural Spring Water has been part of the fabric of Maine, not only as one of the state’s most iconic brands, but also as a responsible steward of Maine’s natural resources. A true community partner, Poland Spring is active in the communities where its employees live and the business operates a bottling facility or load station, or where it sources its spring water. Philanthropic support of local projects always has been and continues to be a priority for Poland Spring.

With the launch of “Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers,” Poland Spring is now widening that effort to other communities across Maine and is looking to the state’s citizens to help find and select special activities, known as 207Acts. A 207Act is something that lends a helping hand to a community project and could include such projects as repainting a building, planting a garden or organizing a food drive.

How can someone nominate a 207Act? It can be done online at PolandSpring.com/calling207 where Mainers will find guidelines and dates for nominations and voting, or in person at summer events around the state wherever you find the Poland Spring Hydration Station. Look for the Hydration Station (a self-contained mobile trailer where people can fill up their reusable bottles with Poland Spring water—and enjoy flights of Poland Spring sparkling water flavors) and you’ll also find Calling 207 ballots. Once a 207Act is posted to the Calling 207 website, anyone can vote for that act.

In each of three periods this summer, five acts with the most votes will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will then select two acts from each voting period between now and August 31, 2018. During the three periods, six projects ultimately will be chosen and be carried out between July 23 and October 13, 2018.

Qualifying 207Acts:

  • Must not take more than eight hours to complete
  • Must be able to be completed by October 31, 2018
  • Carry a maximum budget of $5,000

Upcoming locations for the Hydration Station throughout the summer will be posted to the Poland Spring Facebook page. 

About Poland Spring

Established in 1845, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. The company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. The Kingfield facility, which officially opened in January 2009, represents an initial $60 million investment and ninety jobs in rural western Maine. In the Spring of 2017, the Kingfield facility added an additional bottling line representing a $25 million investment. Poland Spring maintains spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Dallas Plantation, Poland Spring, Pierce Pond Township, Kingfield, Denmark and Hollis, Maine. Poland Spring also:

  • Employs nearly 900 full-time and seasonal workers across Maine, contributing nearly $49 million to the economy in annual payroll;
  • Spends over $135 million directly with other Maine companies each year; and
  • Invested over $7 million in community giving since 2000 to support schools, local non-profits, fire and rescue, environmental conservation, and many other local and statewide causes.