Thursday, June 9, marked #NASHDay 2022, the 5th annual celebration of International NASH Day by the world’s largest liver patient advocacy organization, the Global Liver Institute. To celebrate the occasion, Stephen Harrison joined Jörn Schattenberg, Louise Campbell and Roger Green to celebrate the event and comment on one crucial trend or event most signified what the last year has meant in the Fatty Liver community.
This conversation includes three sections:
- First, Roger discusses the Law of Unintended Consequences in the context of the FDA Complete Response Letter to Intercept Pharmaceuticals over obeticholic acid, an event that many feared would bring all momentum around Fatty Liver disease to a standstill but, two years later, has driven real bursts of creative energy and innovative problem solving centered around the disease rather than a drug.
- Second, Stephen’s and Jörn’s impassioned statements that the providers will never give up on addressing the challenges of NASH, both because, as Stephen describes, it is not in their character and because, as Jörn describes, “this disease is not going away.” As long as people are dying too young from the effects of NASH and HCC, he contends, the fight will continue.
- Finally, Roger asked the panelists for bold predictions about what will have changed before we come together a year from now to celebrate the 6th International NASH Day.