July 1, 2011

Is It All Hype and A No Show?

On May 4, 2011 when I wrote about the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) which will be cosponsoring the new online resource with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, I had hopes that this would come to fruition and be something that would benefit patients, caregivers, as well as some physicians.

It was suppose to be available online in June. I don't think I missed anything, but were they talking June of 2012 or 2013? Today is the first of July 2011, and unless I am blind, I have not found anything resembling a site for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals as mentioned in the press release about this.

Now granted, the information was to be vetted by AACE diabetes experts, so maybe they found nothing that met the standards. Not that I can't be surprised, but certainly there are some websites that are acceptable – maybe.

Of course if the websites must follow the mantra of low fat, whole grains, and a lot of this nonsense, there may not be many sites. Then we have “The Type 2 Talk” which is sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, in partnership with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and its educational arm – the American College of Endocrinology (ACE). Maybe this will be the only vetted site.

I doubt this, as I sure Takeda Pharmaceuticals would have something to say about such a listing. To which I would add that as a patient information site, it may work for some, but to me is a rather lack luster and uninforming site.

So AACE, what is it going to be? A lot of hot air hype, or will you step up to the plate?
Is it going online June 2011 (gone – past history), 2012, or later? I have questions – but you are providing no answers and no vetted sites.

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