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October 21, 2009
I wanted to highlight a comment that showed up recently in the latest Pfizer post:
I would just like to point out that there is often mention of Pfizer as being a poorly productive R&D outfit on this blog, but there is rarely any mention of the scientists themselves. Having worked as a chemist at both Merck and also at Pfizer, I would just like to point out that in my experience, the chemists at both are highly productive, extremely hardworking, and passionate individuals. It's a shame that the discussions here do not distinguish between those carrying out the research and the direction of the company overall.
That's true, and although I've put in disclaimers like that in the past, I haven't recently. There should be some sort of default blanket statement for cases like this. I know a lot of people at Pfizer, and they know their stuff. Pfizer's problems are not due to a shortage of smart, competent, hardworking people. Everyone in the industry is having a hard time keeping a good pipeline of drug candidates going these days, no matter how good they are.
But I think that the course that Pfizer has put itself on is making its problems worse, and doing damage to the entire industry at the same time. That actually makes it even more of a tragedy, the fact that they have so many good people there trying to make things work.
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