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John L. LaMattina, PhD, retired as president of Pfizer Global Research and Development in 2007 where he managed more than 13,000 scientists and support professionals in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  LaMattina has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire.  He is also the author of DRUG TRUTHS: DISPELLING THE MYTHS ABOUT R&D and a senior partner at PureTech Ventures.

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May 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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  5. Hi John,

    It’s been quite a while. I read the blog for the past hour and will be ordering your book in a few minutes—glad to see you have been productive! Your perspective is not disimilar from mine despite the difference in the size our our respective prior firms. Personalized Medicine is often the spin that is put on discovery programs whose original objectives are no longer obtainable–sort of like buying a stock for a short term trade and having to hold on as a long term investment due to its underperformance. Have a great holiday–give a yell for a round at the Cape…..Steve

    Steve Pletzman

    December 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

  6. Dear John
    I agree with Steve and I will ordering your book.
    Have a great holidays
    Munther Alami


    December 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  7. Hi John, I am an Aesthetician from South Africa and would love for you to look into the devastating effects that accutane has on people’s skin. The dermatilogists here in South African dispense this drug at every chance and if you go into the chronic permanent side effects not only on the skin but on the liver etc. this drug is one that should be banned worldwide. I asked for Roche to comment on my disclosures here in South Africa and they never even had the decency to reply. I wonder why if it is sooo safe. I know that in the USA one has to be under two doctors and and special programme to take this devastating drug, but here we have no restrictions and I want to ask our government to take action. I look forwward to yur comments and reommendations as to what action is open to me. Wendy Ferguson – Wendyaferguson@gmail.com – South Africa.

    Wendy Ferguson

    June 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

    • Wendy,
      I have to admit that I am surprised that South Africa doesn’t follow the same procedures for accutane use as is mandated in the US. While accutane us effective in severe acne, you are correct to point out that it needs to be administered under strict doctor care. The only advice I have for you is to keep pushing your government officials to assure proper administration of this drug.
      – John


      June 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  8. Thank you for your recent article on Forbes regarding obesity. I am a registered dietitian and obesity is the number one driver of Complications/Comorbidities/Costs. Body positivity does not equal good health. It is a myth that you can be “healthy at any size”. I am glad someone finally had the courage to say it and n print. What we are doing right now is hurting peoples’ health so as to not hurt their feelings, which is incredibly idiotic and irresponsible.

    James Bronner

    May 16, 2022 at 10:32 am

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