No, Pharmascolds Are Not Worse Than The Pervasive Conflicts Of Interest They Criticize

Let’s start with a quick poll:

 Which is worse?

  • A. The pervasive influence of industry on medicine, which has undermined the independence and altruism of physicians.
  • B. The critics of industry influence, who have created a paranoid culture of distrust which has undermined the partnership of industry and physicians that has brought medicine to its current heights.

If you chose B then you are going to really love Lisa Rosenbaum’s 3-part series in the New England Journal of Medicine in which she argues that the reaction against the influence of industry has proved to be far worse than any damages those conflicts of interest (COI) have actually produced.

I think Rosenbaum is almost completely mistaken in her views…

Click here to read the full post on Forbes.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Merrill Goozner says:

    Thanks Larry.

    The one thing missing from your piece is the significance of the timing of the Rosenbaum pieces: what has now become the unanimous passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which will enable FDA approval of new drugs for life-threatening diseases based on interim data from clinical trials measuring a drug¹s effects on surrogate markers. Will the FDA be able to stand up to industry and patient advocacy group pressure? See my editorial on the 21st Century Quackery Act, and the one I have coming out this weekend on how the 21st Century Cures Act ignores value.

    Mg

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