Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hold the branded pens and pizza; just send checks to the boss

If you spend any time in teaching hospitals and medical schools, you've probably noticed that your supply of pharma-branded pens has dried up.  You may have also wondered: "Where's all that money going?"

Here's your answer: the pocket of your dean, department chair, or president.  A study in JAMA finds that 40% of drug companies have at least one corporate board member with with a leadership position at an academic health center.  The average annual compensation was $313,000.

The table above lists the guilty parties -- sadly, only by institution, and not by name.

You can read more in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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