Big pharma, bad medicine

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Big pharma, bad medicine

Postby MSUK » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:00 am


How corporate dollars corrupt research and education. - Marcia Angell ex-editor New England Journal of Medicine.

In May of 2000, shortly before I stepped down as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, I wrote an editorial entitled, “Is Academic Medicine for Sale?” It was prompted by a clinical trial of an antidepressant called Serzone that was published in the same issue of the Journal.

The authors of that paper had so many financial ties to drug companies, including the maker of Serzone, that a full-disclosure statement would have been about as long as the article itself, so it could appear only on our Web site. The lead author, who was chairman of the department of psychiatry at Brown University (presumably a full-time job), was paid more than half a million dollars in drug-company consulting fees in just one year. Although that particular paper was the immediate reason for the editorial, I wouldn’t have bothered to write it if it weren’t for the fact that the situation, while extreme, was hardly unique...Read More - ... w/pageid/7
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Postby L » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:51 am

It's a great article..
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Re: Big pharma, bad medicine

Postby NHE » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:12 pm

Hi Squiffy,
Thanks for the article. I read her book a few years ago. This article is a nicely condensed version which I can send to other people without overwhelming them with all of the detail from her book. I would still recommend reading the book though for those who are interested.

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