Labor Union Targets American Heart Association For Financial Conflicts

Unite Here, a labor union with 270,000 members, is attacking a surprising target, the American Heart Association. A report released by the group— entitled “Is the American Heart Association for sale?”– cites multiple examples of financial conflicts of interest involving prominent leaders of the organization. Among the major accusations in the report: Robert Eckel, a former AHA president…

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Cookie Monster, Free Lunch, And The New England Journal Of Medicine

Cookie Monster

In its efforts to defuse the conflict of interest issue the New England Journal of Medicine keeps setting off new explosions. The recent series of articles by Lisa Rosenbaum in the New England Journal of Medicine about conflict of interest issues provoked a storm of debate, including a powerful response from three former NEJM editors (and my own more eccentric response). Now NEJM itself has published…

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Can You Test A Drug And Also Say Negative Things About It?

In my last post I raised the possibility that Steve Nissen, a highly influential cardiologist who has been an outspoken critic of industry influence in medicine, might have his own conflict of interest (COI) problem. In response, another cardiologist, James Stein, said that my post was unfair in its treatment of Nissen and failed to…

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Steven Nissen, Conflicts Of Interest, And The New Cholesterol Drugs

(Updated) Does Steve Nissen, an outspoken critic of inappropriate industry influence in medicine, have his own conflict of interest problem? This week Nissen, the chief of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, was widely quoted in news reports about the FDA advisory panels evaluating two new highly promising cholesterol drugs from Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron. Nissen was broadly supportive of the drugs….

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Our Limitless Capacity For Self-Deception

I want to share with my readers a recent post and accompanying comment published on CardioExchange. The original post is by Eric Lindley, a cardiology fellow at the University of Utah: Journal X: Not so Subtle Marketing Messages I was the rare resident who thought that conflict of interest issues in medicine were a bit overblown. I…

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‘Bias in choosing the question is a much bigger issue than lying about the data’

Robert Califf takes questions about conflict of interest from Harlan Krumholz. Here are a few choice quotes. Read the entire Q&A on CardioExchange. …focusing exclusively on the medical products industry and failing to consider other sources of conflict of interest is a huge mistake and leads to sensationalism that then engenders reactive rules that add to bureaucracy…

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Guest Post: Why Is The National Library Of Medicine Still Indexing Reviews In Cardiovascular Medicine?

The following guest post by Kevin Lomangino was originally published on HealthNewsReview.org. Lomangino is an independent medical journalist and editor who is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter which reviews the scientific literature on nutrition for physicians and dietitians. He tweets as@Klomangino. Why Is the National Library of Medicine Still Indexing Reviews in Cardiovascular…

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Industry PR Efforts Influence Debate On Cholesterol Screening Guidelines For Children

Note: This post is accompanied by a separate guest post by James Stein. What role should industry play in discussions about guidelines, especially when the debate about those guidelines includes allegations that industry may have influenced the final product of the guidelines? Should a public relations agency that represents a company with a product that…

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Guest Post– Universal Screening for Dyslipidemia In Children: A Debate With Equipoise, But Tarnished By Industry Influence

Editor’s Note: CardioBrief is pleased to publish this guest post written by James Stein, a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the director of preventive cardiology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. This post is accompanied by a separate post by Larry Husten. Universal Screening for Dyslipidemia in Children:  A Debate with…

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Industry Supported Editorial Assistance: The Debate Continues

Editor’s Note: Here is the latest installment of a debate over industry-sponsored editorial assistance between Tom Yates, a UK-based physician critical of the role of industry in medical publishing, and Karen Wooley, who owns a medical education company and is a representative of the the Global Alliance of Publication Professionals (GAPP). (The previous installments of the…

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A Defense of Professional Medical Writers

Updated on February 16 with a response by Tom Yates to Karen Woolley. Editor’s Note: In response to a recent guest post by Tom Yates on industry sponsored editorial assistance, the following comment was submitted  by Karen Woolley on behalf of the Global Alliance of Publication Professionals. This thoughtful statement deserves attention, but I would point out…

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Guest Post: Industry Sponsored Editorial Assistance

Editor’s Note: The following guest post by Tom Yates is reprinted with permission from his blog Sick Populations. Yates is a UK-based physician with an interest in epidemiology and population health. Industry Sponsored Editorial Assistance by Tom Yates The September 2011 edition of the Quarterly Journal of Medicine contained two review articles which dealt with the use…

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