I am participating in Wego Health’s National Health Blog Post Month. Today’s topic is, “Why healthcare companies (or healthcare professionals) should use social media”
Why? Because maybe they would learn something!
Yesterday, I wrote about the diabetes meeting we had where I live with a CDE and some of the things that she did not know about. I mentioned in my article that she did not know that Type 1s could use the Type 2 drugs Symlin or Victoza. My guess is that her knowledge about those drugs comes from the marketing materials that the sales reps hand her. I also know that sales reps are not supposed to market drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. Unless she has heard from other sources that those drugs work for problems that Type 1s have also, chances are, she will never use them on a Type 1. Social media is how I knew Types 1s use those drugs and if she used social media, she would know that also.
I have gastroparesis and find that Apidra is the best insulin for gastroparesis. I have talked to other people with gastroparesis and other people feel the same way that I do about Apidra. I know Sanofi can’t market Apidra as “the best insulin for gastroparesis’ without jumping thru all kinds of hoops with the FDA, so social media is a good way to spread that information. The FDA can’t stop me from voicing my opinion on what works and what doesn’t work. And no, Sanofi is not paying me to make that statement.
If more healthcare people used social media, they would pick up on things that help us. They would see debates conversations about new studies. They would see the patient opinions of pros and cons of various drugs. They would learn about the things we like and the things we don’t like. Like I said, they just might learn something!
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