Returning to print journalism after an absence of several years, I have spent much of the last month – my first as editor of PharmaTimes – marvelling at the resilience of the medium. PT’s buoyant readership figures, both print and online, are testament to a simple fact – people value a monthly magazine that asks the right questions and, perhaps, delivers some insightful answers. PharmaTimes has a long history of doing just that, a tradition this editorial team intends to continue.
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In this issue of PharmaTimes, we focus on a disease that threatens to bankrupt healthcare systems across the globe yet is largely preventable, radical new approaches to drug discovery that could solve pharma’s productivity problem, and NHS changes that are getting people across the healthcare spectrum hot under the collar, to mention just three of our articles.
With a price tag of £10 billion a year and climbing, the impact of diabetes is felt in every corner of the NHS, as well as taking a terrible toll on the lives of the more than three million people who live with it. In Taking Control
(p43), we ask whether a better understanding of patients’ perceptions of the disease among doctors could lead to improved treatment and prevention.
R&D productivity in pharma has been on a downward trajectory for decades but in Made to Measure
(p38) we look at how breakthrough science and expanded computer muscle hold the potential to transform drug discovery and deliver future generations of medicines.
The seven-day NHS in England was a topic that raised temperatures at events throughout the summer but much of the focus has been on how it will impact hospitals. With most healthcare journeys starting in the waiting room of a GP surgery, The Doctor Will See You Now
(p34) explores whether government plans for 12-hour, seven-day GP services are feasible and if patients even want them.
I hope you enjoy this October issue of PharmaTimes.
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