Majority of Americans are unaware of several major risk factors for cancer

ASCO’s National Cancer Opinion Survey, a large, nationally representative survey conducted online by Harris Poll, found that the majority of Americans are unaware of several major risk factors for cancer—most notably obesity, which will soon overtake smoking as the largest preventable cause of cancer in the United States. Continue reading

Do you have the courage to be the voice of the patient?

KEY TAKEAWAY: It’s time to change the perception of “big pharma” and show the public that the drugs we develop can save lives without forcing patients to declare bankruptcy.  You have to be the voice of the patient and caregivers in meetings and remind everyone that all though we’re a business our business allows people to live longer, productive lives. Continue reading

The confusing world of online health information

KEY TAKEAWAY: Right now, medical devices are less rigorously regulated than drugs: Only 1 percent of medical devices get FDA approval with high-quality clinical trials behind them. Even in these cases, devices typically reach the market based on data from a single small, short-term trial, Redberg wrote in a 2014 editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, where she called for a sham control study of stents.  So what do you do if you’re a stent patient or candidate? Continue reading

We need prescription drugs to compensate for poor lifestyles

KEY TAKEAWAY: Nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese , the highest rate the country has ever seen in all adults, according to research released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics.  This, of course, means that the public is going to be more dependent on prescription drugs to maintain their health at the same time they complain about big pharma. Continue reading