Dr. Joseph Sirven: How Patients Are Creating Their Own Medical Solutions

I told my patient and his parents, “I’m sorry, but there are literally no therapies for this condition.”

My patient’s father paused for a long time and then said, “What if I created something? I’m a smart software engineer. Why not?”

“Why not?” I responded.

One of the most interesting changes over the course of my career as a neurologist is watching how often patients have literally created solutions to vexing health problems. From venture capitalists to good Samaritan hobbyists, it seems like I’ve met so many patients and their families taking it upon themselves to do what has been the traditional roles of the pharma and device industry. With a $16 trillion health care market ripe for disruption, I’m not surprised by this trend.

Take the example of the very recently approved pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol for epilepsy. The use and purification of cannabidiol — one of the 400 compounds found in

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Dr. Joseph Sirven: How Patients Are Creating Their Own Medical Solutions

I told my patient and his parents, “I’m sorry, but there are literally no therapies for this condition.”

My patient’s father paused for a long time and then said, “What if I created something? I’m a smart software engineer. Why not?”

“Why not?” I responded.

One of the most interesting changes over the course of my career as a neurologist is watching how often patients have literally created solutions to vexing health problems. From venture capitalists to good Samaritan hobbyists, it seems like I’ve met so many patients and their families taking it upon themselves to do what has been the traditional roles of the pharma and device industry. With a $16 trillion health care market ripe for disruption, I’m not surprised by this trend.

Take the example of the very recently approved pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol for epilepsy. The use and purification of cannabidiol — one of the 400 compounds found in

... read more at: https://kjzz.org/content/1115816/dr-joseph-sirven-how-patients-are-creating-their-own-medical-solutions

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