Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Catch My Two Recent Podcast Interviews!

I'm not exactly a stranger to the world of podcasting although I have concluded that while I might ask probing questions as an interviewer, I really don't have interest in hosting a podcast of my own. Still, over the years, I've been a guest on a few podcasts related to diabetes. For example, quite a number of years ago, I was a guest on the DiabetesPowerShow with host Charlie Cherry in which we just "talked shop" about issues related to diabetes. I'm not even sure if the archives of those shows even exist anymore, perhaps they might still be around on a place like the Internet Archive. 

More recently than that, I was a guest on TWO of Diabetic Investor David Kliff's different podcasts in 2021 and 2022. For example, in September 2021, I was featured on the "Wacky World of Diabetes" podcast with David Kliff and that episode can still be found and listened to at https://diabeticinvestor.com/its-podcast-day/

In March 2022, David Kliff invited me back for a newer podcast he had introduced called the "Dave and Amber Show" which I shared on this blog at https://blog.sstrumello.com/2022/03/my-recent-podcast-on-diabetes-way.html. Again, my interview can be listened to there. 

However, in June 2024, I happened to be a guest on TWO completely different diabetes podcasts. Both kind of happened by chance.

First up was an interview I did with Stacey Simms on her podcast Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms. We had the conversation a few weeks earlier, but she released the episode in which I was interviewed as the guest on an episode on June 18, 2024. The topic of that particular episode was on the broader subject of the "Business of Diabetes", which was something I have long featured on this diabetes blog. The episode link for that episode can be found (and listened to) at https://diabetes-connections.com/the-business-of-diabetes-scott-strumellos-perspective-after-50-years-of-t1d/. For convenience, I am embedding a copy of that episode below.
Around the same time, I had published an article on something the Federal Trade Commission did which opened the doors to a whole bunch of less costly biosimilar GLP-1 inhibitors including those used for weight-loss (Novo Nordisk called its first-generation GLP-1 inhibitor for Type 2 medicine Victoza, and another version of the drug for obesity which was branded as Saxenda). I self-published my article entitled "FTC Challenge to Pharma's Improper FDA Orange Book Patent Listings Poised to Open the Door to Cheaper Weight-Loss Drugs" on LinkedIn on May 9, 2024 which can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ftc-challenge-pharmas-improper-fda-orange-book-patent-scott-strumello-h6ede/ (I originally posted it on my blog as a first draft, but the LinkedIn version was edited to be more concise, so I went back my blog post and also edited it here which you see on a blog at https://blog.sstrumello.com/2024/04/ftc-again-polices-fdas-laziness-with.html — the article on my blog is now exactly the same as the more concise article which I published on LinkedIn). 

One of the reasons I opted to self-publish an article about GLP-1 inhibitors being sold as weight-loss drugs is because corporate media had completely missed the story, and I wanted to ensure an important story was covered, so I took matters into my own hands. Most of the corporate media stories about weight-loss drugs are hyperbolic nonsense with stupid headlines on topics as idiotic as "Ozempic Babies" (see one at https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2024/04/17/ozempic-withdrawal-surprise-pregnancy/73340586007/ if you need convincing) while ignoring the elephant in the room: the price of those drugs. 

Anyway, my LinkedIn article had caught the attention of another diabetes podcaster, specifically Scott Benner who hosts the Juicebox Podcast. Scott asked if I would talk to him about my LinkedIn article on his podcast, so a few weeks later, he reached out to me to talk about my article. He released the episode on June 12 (or 13), 2024 in which he named it Episode #1224 "Orange Book Chronicles". The episode link is at https://www.juiceboxpodcast.com/episodes/jbp1224. Again, for your convenience, I have embedded the episode below so you can listen to it here.

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