Sunday, April 27, 2014
Why physicians should not accept money from the pharmaceutical industry
How have physicians managed that delicate task? Make that judgment for yourself. In 2010, the pharmaceutical industry surpassed the defense industry as the leading defrauder of the federal government. Pharmaceutical companies were forced to pay $19.8 billion in penalties over a 20-year period, with a dramatic upswing coming in the mid-2000s. Although the largest category of penalty was for off-label promotion, that particular violation was just the visible face of a more far-reaching scandal. Thanks to the efforts of whistleblowers, expert witnesses, and investigative reporters, we know that pharmaceutical companies have rigged clinical trials, buried unfavorable results, published ghostwritten journal articles, paid kickbacks high-prescribers, bullied academic critics, produced fake medical journals, and manipulated treatment guidelines. Without the help of physicians, very little of this could have been accomplished.
Read the rest of my latest anti-pharma sermon in Neurology Clinical Practice.
Posted by Carl at 3:56 PM