IamA Pharma company CEO whose drug just helped save the life of the 4th person in America to ever Survive the Brain Eating Amoeba- a 97% fatal disease. AMA!
My short bio: My name is Todd MacLaughlan and I am the CEO and founder of Profounda, Inc. an entrepreneurial private venture backed pharmaceutical company. I Have over 30 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry and have worked at larger companies such as Bayer, Novartis, Watson, Cardinal Health, and Allergan before starting my own pharmaceutical Company. Currently we have two Product ventures Impavido (miltefosine)- the drug I’m here to talk to you about, and Rhinase nasal products. If you have any questions about my experience ask away, but I'm sure you are more interested in the Brain Eating Amoeba, and I am interested in Spreading awareness so let me dive right into that!
Naegleria fowleri (commonly known as the “Brain eating Amoeba”) causes a brain infection called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) that is almost always fatal (97%). In the United States only three people had ever survived PAM. Two of them were on Miltefosine, our newly acquired drug (It’s FDA indication is for the treatment of Leishmaniasis- a rare tropical disease). Sebastian Deleon marks the 4th survivor and the 3rd on our medication.
We work closely with Jeremy Lewis from the Kyle Cares Organization (http://www.kylelewisamoebaawareness.org/) and Steve Smelski of the Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness Stephen (http://www.jordansmelskifoundation.org/). Please check them out and learn more!
Profounda has started a consignment program for Impavido (miltefosine) and hospitals. We offer Impavido to be stocked free of charge in any hospital, accepting payment only once the drug is used. We also offer to replace any expired drug at no charge. When minutes count, we want the drug on hand instead of sitting in a warehouse. In the past, the drug was kept on hand by the CDC in Atlanta and flown out when it was needed. In the case of Jordan Smelski who was a Patient in Orlando, it took 10 hours for the drug to reach him. He passed away 2 hours before the drug reached the hospital. We want to get this into as many Hospitals as we can across the country so that no one has to wait hours again for this lifesaving treatment.
So far only 6 hospitals have taken us up on the offer.
Anyways, while I can go on and on, that’s already a lot of Information so please feel free to AMA!
Proof: (Hi Reddit! I’m Todd’s Daughter Leah and I am here to help my Reddit challenged Father answer any questions you may have!) the picture behind me is the Amoeba!: http://imgur.com/uLzqvcj
EDIT UPDATE: Thank you everyone for all your questions, I will continue to check back and answer questions when I can. For now, I am off. Thanks again!