Category Archives: Patient

You’ve come a long way, baby, but still a long way to go

Patients have come a long way to get a say in the drug development and approval process. But there’s still some ground to cover if they’re going to move from the passive subject role to a 50-50 partnership that reminds…

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Sharing deeply of ourselves: Still messy

In the capital of digital sharing and over-sharing, Silicon Valley, contributing one’s whole genome to science in the name of fun and self-knowledge has never felt that controversial. Engineers share software code liberally every day on sites like GitHub and…

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Patient engagement as important as the data

The thought of having unfettered access to all the medical and genomic data of a million Americans had researchers gathered at the National Institutes of Health’s first workshop on precision medicine licking their lips. Almost giddy with excitement, they contemplated…

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Listening to the voice that matters

Since being diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, I have been in an unwanted crash course on the patient perspective of everything I’ve been writing about biopharma for the past several years. It’s an eye-opener. Genetic testing, lack of…

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Hamburg: Society needs to weigh in

Including the patient voice in the drug approval process could produce a fundamental shift in the risk-benefit equation of a new drug. But first, the FDA has to figure out how to do it, and that may take a broader…

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Patient Experience Still Undervalued in Regulating Drugs

As I write this, I’m sitting in the University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital (UBC/VGH) Eye Care Centre, where my husband, Chuck, is completing post-tests at the conclusion of a six-month study on prosopagnosia, otherwise known as face blindness. The…

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