Reclaim your Rise Podcast

96. Glucagon: busting the myths of this rescue drug to save lives and reform healthcare education with Xeris CEO Paul Edick

November 30, 2023

Ever heard someone say you only need glucagon when you’re passed out? In my sit down with Xeris CEO Paul Edick, we discussed the misperceptions and myths surrounding glucagon as a rescue prescription. From the lack of education within the healthcare community to the patients’ misinformation themselves, this is a call to action for patient advocacy and advocates to get everyone with diabetes on a rescue glucagon like Gvoke. That starts with learning proper usage and correct knowledge. This episode could save lives, and I am fully on board with sharing the Gvoke mission!

Time Stamps:  

  • (03:20) Paul’s journey to becoming CEO of Xeris and the “elegance” of Xeris technology
  • (04:48) The growth of Xeris
  • (06:41) What is glucagon?
  • (07:56) The fallacy and myths around glucagon and its proper use.
  • (09:32) Why did it take so long to innovate glucagon?
  • (10:50) The statistics of hypoglycemia 
  • (12:33) What is considered a severe low and clinical trials
  • (15:37) Using education to combat fears of glucagon and going low
  • (18:15) The number one battle Xeris faces in getting Gvoke into more hands
  • (20:16) Xeris’ role in educating the healthcare community on proper usage and knowledge
  • (22:43) A Call to Action for patient advocacy and advocates
  • (23:33) Standardized procedures for discussing rescue glucagon
  • (26:00) What Xeris learned from bringing in social influencers to ask questions
  • (29:08) The future of Xeris, their mission, and the startling statistical comparison to EpiPen for allergies

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