Local firm Ironshore Pharmaceuticals plans on making its newly developed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder treatment available here, company CEO David Lickrish announced Thursday at Cayman’s ninth annual Healthcare Conference.
Ironshore received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its drug, JORNAY PM – what’s likely the first FDA-approved drug developed by a Cayman company – and hopes to bring it to market in 2019. JORNAY PM will be the first drug that allows for ADHD treatments to be administered at night, kicking in first thing the next morning.
In addition to offering the drug here at a “socially responsible price point,” Mr. Lickrish also said his company plans to reinvest some of its profits from Cayman sales back into local charities.
Mr. Lickrish’s announcement was one of many presentations made over the three-day event, which had the theme “Managing Your Health: The Empowered Patient.”
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson also talked about the tangible benefits Cayman’s Healthcare Conference has produced over the years.
He said his Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge was an idea Health Ministry Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn came up with after the 2013 conference, which focused on wellness in the workplace.
That 5K event has raised close to $300,000, which has been used for initiatves such as purchasing a new ambulance, funding Special Olympics athletes and building the YMCA ropes course, Mr. Manderson said.
The deputy governor added that attending last year’s conference, which was food-themed, has helped him eat healthier. Listening to the 2017 presentation by the “Foodie Physician” Dr. Sonali Ruder led to him regularly use a new sweet-potato pancake recipe, he said.
The keynote presentation Thursday night was made by Dr. Gary Sibbald and Dr. Mariam Botros, Canada-based experts who deal with diabetes and related medical conditions.
Dr. Sibbald said that diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent among middle- and low-income countries, with 75 percent of the world’s diabetes occurring there. He also said that the number of people with diabetes in the world is projected to increase from 356 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030.
Dr. Sibbald and Dr. Botros also talked about challenges they face trying to save their patients’ feet from being amputated due to their diabetic conditions.
Dr. Botros said a clinical study recently showed that diabetics susceptible to foot ulcers only wore their special supportive footwear about 28 percent of the time – this was measured by placing secret pedometers inside of the supportive footwear.
To boost this rate and prevent amputations, the doctors said that healthcare providers need to provide positive feedback and encourage patients to ask questions. Patients should also incentivize their own compliance by rewarding themselves, they said.
“Treat yourself kindly,” Dr. Botros said.
Other presentations included one on mental illness in children by Ironshore Chief Medical Officer Randy Sallee, a presentation on technology advances in the healthcare sector by Dr. Archita Joshi-Bhatt of Health City Cayman Islands, and a variety of other talks that were aimed at helping empower the patient.
Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said 1,200 people registered for this year’s free event. The conference usually accepts same-day registrations, but capped this year’s total, he said.