In an effort to change healthcare we forgot about doctors

  • 80% of physicians are at full capacity or are overextended.
  • 62% are pessimistic about the future of medicine.
  • 78% sometimes, often or always experience feelings of burnout.
  • 23% of physician time is spent on non-clinical paperwork.
  • 31% of physicians’ patients do not consistently adhere to their treatment plans
  • 88% of physicians indicate that some, many or all of their patients have a social situation (poverty, unemployment, etc.) that poses a serious impediment to their health. Only 1% of physicians indicate that none of their patients have a social situation that poses a serious impediment to their health.

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On pharma companies: culture, people and profits

  • Pharma companies are making record profits and spending tens of millions of dollars on lobbying.
  • Pharma CEO’s have become detached from patients and now tend to see Wall Street as their primary customers.
  • Millennial’s working in pharma “expect to be laid off” and therefore they aren’t dedicated to the industry.
  • Despite company cultures there are many good people within the pharma industry who fight every day for patients.
  • No industry can be customer centric without good people who care about their customers.

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Cardiologists not on board with Apple watch

  • Cardiologist says Apple Watch’s new ECG functionality could be “unbelievably helpful” for AFib patients, but expresses “shock” at FDA clearance since “I haven’t seen any data on it.” Could revolutionize care — or clog ERs with false alarms.
  • According to the Food and Drug Administration, which cleared Apple’s monitor and electrocardiogram applications, the continuous monitoring and notification app isn’t for people under age 22 or those diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

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PhRMA defines the word “chutzpah”

  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales revenue increased from $534 billion to $775 billion between 2006 and 2015. Additionally, 67% of drug companies increased their annual profit margins during the same period—with margins up to 20 percent for some companies in certain years. (Source: GAO)
  • Pharmaceutical companies continue to rake in the highest profit margins.
  • Eight of the 15 highest net profit margins were at drug companies.
  • Yet PhRMA has launched a social media campaign to point the finger at hospitals.

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Half of all deaths from cancer are associated with preventable risk factors

  • In the United States, 4 out of 10 cancer cases and almost half of all deaths from cancer are associated with preventable risk factors.
  • Nearly 20 percent of U.S. cancer diagnoses are related to excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
  • Many cases of skin cancer could be prevented by protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices. (Source: AACR Cancer Report 2018)

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Let’s blame the drug companies for high drug prices!

  • The total impact of obesity and its related complications on the United States’ economic output has been estimated at between 4 and 8 percent of gross domestic product.
  • According to the American Diabetes Association, the annual cost of diabetes in 2017 was $327 billion, including $237 billion in direct medical expenditures and $90 billion in reduced worker productivity.
  • The effects of poor diet and inadequate physical activity at any weight — contributed to declines in life expectancy in 2015 and 2016.
  • The obesity epidemic is largely overlooked as the media continue to blame drug companies and PBM’s for high drug costs.

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Dr. Baselga and a serious lack of judgement

  • One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.
  •  Did not follow financial disclosure rules set by the American Association for Cancer Research when he was president of the group.
  • The feedback from within the medical community has been sharp “Dr. José Baselga’s demonstrated lack of ethics by not disclosing his ties to big pharma is a cancerous lesion on the entire medical research community. SHAME, SHAME, Dr. Baselga”.

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