Wednesday, November 01, 2006
NPR did a broadcast in September (I think) about conflicts of interest in medicine. It's worth a listen, though I don't give it my absolute highest recommendation. Panelists include Jerome Kassirer, Ezekiel Emanuel, Sanford Friedman, and Thomas Stossel. Link here. There are a group of physicians who are outspoken about conflicts of interest being a sign of mega-progress in research who view drug reps as good teachers and conflicted interests as a means of benefiting patients. Stossel is in that camp. The irony is that he talked a few times about there being no evidence indicating that conflicts of interest create problems. He must have somehow missed such evidence as this, this, this, this, and this.
Posted by CL Psych at 11/01/2006 06:32:00 AM