Christmas Week in pharma

Unknown.jpegOn this Christmas week in pharma remember that despite all the negative media that we still are doing a lot of good things and helping patients live longer and better quality of lives.

As I look back at the research I led or attended this year, it’s hard not to feel a deep sense of empathy towards patients who are dealing with medical problems.  There was the woman in her 50’s who is worried that her progressive MS is going to shorten her career and lead to a life where she has to depend on others.  Another woman who is worried that her marriage is in jeopardy because of her lack of desire around intimacy and a young girl who runs everyday being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes causing her to go into a funk.  I could feel their sense of pain and need and trying to convince managers to respond is a something I love to do because it makes me feel good.

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We have our work cut out for us.  Pharma needs to weed out people who “blow with the prevailing wind” in hopes of getting great reviews and or promotions and needs more people who are willing to say “what’s best for patients?”.

Maybe I’m too much of an optimist, but I know it can be done because despite all the stories there are a lot of very good, hard working people in our industry.