• It’s Your Lawyers, Stupid

    Patient Advocacy by on July 18th, 2015

    Lawyers tell the best lawyer jokes—and they’re funny because they’re true. The abhorrently litigious nature of humanity—and that consequential reflection in our corporate culture of “sue first, ask questions later”—has yielded a healthcare system that not only incentivizes itself to care less about the end user (e.g., the patient) but to systemically prioritize dehumanizing and […]

  • It’s Your Budget, Stupid!

    Patient Advocacy by on April 10th, 2015

    “Did you know it’s the ‘Year Of The Patient?’” said everyone recently. And “Patient Centricity” is the much-ballyhooed buzzword of the year? Google the phrase and up will pop 296,000 (and counting) search results, each of which extols the virtues of this miraculous new corporate philosophy. Patients at the center of patient care? How novel. […]

  • It’s Customer Service, Stupid!

    Patient Advocacy by on January 23rd, 2015

    I just returned from a pharma-focused conference emphasizing the new buzzword of the month: Patient centricity. Pharma’s been talking about being “Patient First” for years. But are they really about patients? Show me the money. No, literally, show me the money spent on improving internal mechanics, creating new job positions (that actually have their own […]

  • It’s Your Risk, Stupid!

    Patient Advocacy by on October 24th, 2014

    To recap from my last column, “It’s Your DNA, Stupid!” I dove right into the fact that “personalized medicine” is a real thing now. Meaning, the chance to help people fight their disease on a molecular and immunological level, rather than the traditional “napalm everything” approach, is evidence of true scientific progress as a direct […]

  • It’s Your DNA, Stupid!

    Patient Advocacy by on July 11th, 2014

    So I just got back from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual conference and I have found the Holy Grail. Well, not actually. But I have discovered what Big Pharma’s “eye on the prize” crown jewel is—and how every company in the industry is on a cannonball run chasing after this nebulous and […]

  • It’s The Young Adult Caregiver, Stupid!

    Patient Advocacy by on May 13th, 2014

    Let this be a wake up call to the world, or at least anyone who reads this piece—gone are the days of treating the “patient.” That word is spun around faster than a regulatory attorney’s head when confronted with change. In my previous article, “It’s The Patient, Stupid,” I made a specific point to recognize […]

  • Regulatory Killed the Radio Star

    Patient Advocacy by on March 13th, 2014

    In 2007, I founded Stupid Cancer, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission was to empower young adults affected by cancer. It was to be the support community I wish I had when I was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996 at the age of 21. In premeditated fashion, I ordained the charity to function […]

  • It’s The Patient, Stupid!

    Patient Advocacy by on January 16th, 2014

    The human condition loves metaphor, a manner of voicing something in the moment to rationalize the assertion of knowledge and leadership. Truth be told, metaphors can underlie a deeper issue: A blind ignorance to understanding change. And no other industry reflects this like the pharmaceutical sector. Yes, there’s blame to go around. No one is […]

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