Industry, academic researchers, and clinical trials: the slippery slope

Ed Silverman’s venerable Pharmalot blog recently posted a useful summary of some of the conflict of interest problems that come up when physicians enroll their patients in clinical trials. The basis for the article was a 62-page paper from the  Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at the Seton Hall Law School. But what…

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Sunday at the AHA: ARBITER’s wild roller coaster ride in Orlando

[Updated. See bottom of story for postscript on CNBC TV reporter Mike Huckman’s embargo break.] The early release of the ARBITER 6 trial on Sunday was a roller coaster ride in more ways than one. In addition to the drama in the newsroom at the AHA as the embargo was lifted, the hastily assembled news…

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October thought experiment: suppose the World Series were covered like the Nobel Prize

October brings the Nobel Prize announcements and the World Series. No one will mistake media coverage of one for the other. Each Nobel Prize will get one article and 10 seconds on the evening news. A soft feature will quote the new Nobel recipient’s complete surprise at the 4 AM phone call. By contrast, baseball,…

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Editor insists prasugrel ghostwriter go public

You don’t need a medium or a seance to find a ghost. All it takes is a sharp-eyed editor. According to a Reuters story by Brendan Borrell, the editor of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy,  Frederic Curtiss, insisted that a reluctant medical writer be listed as an author on a prasugrel article. The article, “Pharmacy Benefit Spending Poised…

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Extreme cardiology culture: Califf, Harrington, Topol & Teirstein

Two new audio programs posted recently on TheHeart.Org provide a fascinating snapshot of the extremes of contemporary cardiology….

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Confessions of a repentant cardiologist

I can think of no better way to spend 15 minutes than to check out this amazing video of a recent talk given by University of Wisconsin cardiologist Jim Stein. In the talk, Stein outlines his own long road to conversion from a full-fledged, industry-supported KOL (key opinion leader) to his recent decision to refuse…

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Statins may have caused the financial breakdown, according to (completely unreliable) experts

In addition to all the good press, statins have also taken a number of hits, but a recent article may have reached a new low by blaming statins for the financial breakdown. Here is how the article, Cholesterol Contrarians Question Cult of Statins, begins: The near-breakdown of the international financial system and the deep recession…

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JAMA editors take strong stance against conflict of interest and free speech

In an editorial posted online in JAMA, the editors Catherine DeAngelis and Phil Fontanarosa have taken a strong stance against both conflict of interest and free speech. According to the editorial, it’s ok to accuse JAMA authors of conflict of interest, but you can’t tell anyone except the journal editors until the editors themselves report…

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A SHAPE board member responds to critical editorial

In response to a CardioBrief editorial posted earlier this week that was highly critical of SHAPE, I received a letter from a lawyer who is  a member of SHAPE’s board of directors. Although I disagree with her views, her position is worthy of respect. With her permission I have posted her letter, followed by my…

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Editorial: SHAPE is skating on thin ice

It’s hard to argue with a concept like heart attack prevention. So when an organization like SHAPE (The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication) comes along, it’s easy to overlook some of the troubling details of the group in the interest of the greater common good. When SHAPE published its own guidelines independent of…

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Cardiology $$$: Mt Sinai’s Samin Sharma tops Columbia’s Moses

In response to our post yesterday, in which we reported that Columbia University’s Jeffrey Moses $2.5 million compensation package in 2006-2007 vaulted him to 8th place in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of highest total compensation at private colleges for 2006-2007, CardioBrief received a message from Mt. Sinai’s Samin Sharma. According to WikiPedia, Sharma performs 1,500…

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