On working in pharma…

UnknownKEY TAKEAWAY: In any company, or organization, you’re going to find people who are more interested in politics, salary or job titles than in doing a great job.  Pharma is no different, but we shouldn’t discount the good and hard working people who are trying to make a difference.

I have to admit that I haven’t been to Cafe Pharma is a long long time.  The site is more of a watering hole for salespeople and discontent’s and to me has very little value.  I had a chance to catch up on some company boards today and, frankly, it’s time to call this site out for what it really is.


I have met a lot of very hard working people within the biopharma industry.  These are people that, for the most part, are trying to put patients first and like their jobs and company.  Frankly, anyone who has a job that they like should be grateful and anyone who has a job that can help a lot of people has a reason to be proud.

Over the last four to five years there have been a lot of people who have left pharma either as the result of layoffs or because they are tired of working in a regulated industry.  However, it’s one thing to leave and quite another to blame everyone but yourself.  I know that there have been some talented people leave because they couldn’t find new positions, but when you leave isn’t it better to just move on?


Now my regular readers know that I have been critical of pharma and some people at times, but only because we have so much work to do to rid our society of the pain and stress of so many nasty health problems.  When I worked at Lilly I was proud to wear a Lilly shirt off campus just as, I’m sure, the people at Biogen and Novartis are proud to wear their logo gear.

Change is never easy, but when it does happen for the better it’s something wonderful to watch and be part of.  So here’s to the game changers and people who are listening to patients to improve our marketing and products.  If we can work hard and make a difference in the patients and caregivers’ lives, then that alone is a great reward.

Let’s leave our workplaces better than we found them….