KEY TAKEAWAY: While the media continues to point fingers at pharma for high drug prices and lack of transparency one fact remains: people are living longer lives because of the prescription medications of which 86% are generic.
STAT news is going back to court to get documents related to the drug OxyContin. Since the pharma company is fighting tooth and nails to keep the documents from public view we can only assume that there must be some very damaging information which could expose them to tens of millions of dollars in fines. If they are released the media is going to have a field day targeting pharma, again.
I have worked in the industry for over 15 years and I am proud of the work that I have done, but I have to admit it’s hard to justify the actions of any company whose CEO’s feel that investors are more important than patients.
Today I see a lot of hard working people within pharma who do care about the work they do and who are trying to ensure their organizations become more patient centric. They are, however, having a problem convincing some people that taking this approach will provide good business results. Some never give up and go to bat everyday, but too many others are leaving the industry because they are fed up.
If you are working in pharma because of the compensation or title I would suggest that you neglecting your responsibility to leave an impression that could benefit others. If you are trying to make a difference, then keep fighting the battle and convince those around you that patients need our help navigating consumer health. You’re out there, I know you are, at times, frustrated, but the people we help are too important.