State of Health Episode 10: Drug Access in Canada with Chris MacLeod

Chris MacLeod is a Canadian living with cystic fibrosis and practicing attorney, who has been a fierce advocate for patients who need access to life-sustaining medications or treatments. He founded the not-for-profit organization Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Society to assist in carrying out this work. He also recently released a book entitled, “Beating the Odds:...
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State of Health Episode 9: Turning Hope into Action with Dr. David Fajgenbaum and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network

Dr. David Fajgenbaum joins Gunnar on the podcast to talk about his New York Times Bestselling book, “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action” and his journey from division 1 college football quarterback and medical student to a rare disease patient up against the clock to find a treatment for his...
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State of Health Episode 8: Drug Pricing, Valuing Innovation and No Patient Left Behind with Peter Kolchinsky

Biotechnology investor, Peter Kolchinsky, joins the State of Health to talk with Gunnar about drug pricing. The conversation covers the long term view that when drugs go generic without undue delay, the value they provide to society is far greater than the short-run value that cost effectiveness analyses often show, which Peter details in his...
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State of Health Episode 7: OpenNotes with Liz Salmi

Liz Salmi, a self-described “former punk rock drummer turned cancer patient, and now senior research strategist,” joins the show to paint a successful case study of joint-patient, physician, and researcher advocacy. She tells the story about the data-driven and evidence-based case for “open progress notes” and the impact they can have on patient care. Open...
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