Mike Tremblay November 5, 2019

This is another article in my continuing commentary on market access and politics. The focus in this case is to look more closely at behaviours of people involved from government, industry and healthcare. Occupying these roles are people who bring their own psychological perspective to how they apply their knowledge and skills to their work. […]

Mike Tremblay October 8, 2019

This article is a continuation of my commentary on the politics of healthcare with particular focus on issues that likely interest those involved in market access and government relations. In this case, I’m commenting on government and market failure in healthcare. A future article will present what I call a ‘reform pathway’ laying out some […]

Mike Tremblay September 12, 2019

Market access is wrapped in the politics of health The attention politicians and stakeholders pay to healthcare and its challenges is a keen driver of the ease or difficulty companies experience with drug regulation and market access and has implications through the development process to discovery. How this manifests itself, in part depends on a […]

Mike Tremblay July 6, 2019

To some extent Academic Health Science Centres [AHSCs] are caught between the research push and market pull. If they prioritise technology transfer, they opt for a research push approach that emphasises the availability of technologies or innovations for market-based actors based on potential commercial application. While the university mission within an AHSC will emphasise the […]

Mike Tremblay July 4, 2019

It is not unreasonable to have concerns about the cost of medicines. Drug costs are usually influenced by government policies on pricing and reimbursement of medicines themselves. These range from simple discount seeking to more complex approaches such as conditional approvals, and value-based pricing (perhaps a subject for another posting). These can achieve a measure […]

Mike Tremblay July 3, 2019

Discussions on health literacy are increasing as healthcare providers, clinicians, payers and patients consider what this means for healthcare. Having been involved in launching the world’s first digital interactive health channel in the UK in 2000, one thing I learned is not to assume that everyone is alike or has common interests. Healthcare systems are […]

Mike Tremblay June 23, 2019

Andrew Yang is a democrat contender for president of the United States. He has expressed concern about a ‘jobless future’ as Martin Ford puts it [Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future], from technological change, in particular changes coming from the application of artificial intelligence in the workplace, which may […]

Mike Tremblay June 4, 2019

Pain is, well, a pain. It is the one thing we all have direct experience of, and can communicate to others, but which defies direct clinical measurement. We are left with subjective measures of pain, such as the ‘oucher’ scale or similar. While it is frustrating not to have a direct way to measure pain, […]