So why is TSB writing about the First Amendment. Recently, it was brought to our attention that companies in our industry are now starting to insert provisions in their employment contracts that prohibit the employees from blogging in their spare time. This is quite disturbing, considering that for the first time, this industry has a forum where participants provide intelligent and knowledgeable information in real-time (at no-charge), using a platform that is not biased or has any financial interest (advertising revenues or investment capital) in the companies, or people that it writes about. We are proud to say that we even have patients and patient support groups following our blog and our readers' commentaries.
Obviously the impetus for these mandates stem from blog sites like "CafePharma" where anonymity is in vogue, because of vulgar and vile comments. The interesting thing is that many of the comments made about some of the industry's well-know sociopath's and recidivist's are well deserved. As I have said in previous blogs, it takes less energy to be nice than it does to be mean and nasty to people. Unfortunately, our industry prides itself on being unprofessional. Leadership, team work, out-of-the box thinking are buzz words that we like to use to impress others that we work in a progressive industry. If you read TSB our objective is never to slander anyone or use untruths to harm others. Our motto is "we want answers and we want the truth." And as Colonel Nathan R. Jessep said in a Few Good Men, "You can't handle the Truth!"
S0 in closing, keep blogging, because as most of you know, you can preserve your anonymity. "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to any person that rises and sleeps under the blanket of freedom (freedom of speech) that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way."