A win for STAT news

imgresPOST SUMMARY: STAT news has been successful in getting court records unsealed against Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin.  Why do I believe that what they will find will be another indictment against the pharmaceutical industry?

I’ve given up hope that the pharma industry will ever really understand the meaning of transparency.  There are some companies that are trying to embrace transparency, but there are still way too many who operate under a cloak of secrecy.

What will STAT news find in the unsealed court records and how far will the media run with it once again supporting those who see pharma companies as evil entities.

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If you are reading this there is a good chance you are aware of the ways that prescription drugs help us all live better and longer lives.  But somehow, some pharma companies became addicted to their own successes.  The drive for more sales and new and improved compounds has led to a rash of very bad decisions with fines that somehow are just an expense line item against a P&L spreadsheet.

Pharma companies need to seek out and hire passionate people who are willing to put patients first and challenge people who only care about sales “at any cost”.  CEO’s need to shield the organization from investors who only care about balance sheets and promote people who were willing to think of marketing and their products like patients.

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Somewhere pharma became “big business” and in the process entered a spotlight that has been anything but kind.  We seldom hear about people being saved by Rx drugs, but we too often hear about illegal marketing.  It’s time some CEO somewhere stepped forward and say “it’s time to ensure that everything we do is centered around patients”.  The slogans on the wall in the lobby just aren’t enough anymore.