America’s healthcare system is riddled with financial conflicts of interest. Business interests and commercial priorities undermine the precautionary principle of Medicine, the therapeutic mission of Medicine, the scientific integrity of Medicine. Government oversight agencies and Congress have subordinated the public interest for $$$. As a result, America’s healthcare delivery system is the third leading cause of death.
The latest area of controversy focuses on the proposed revision of the definition "behavioral addiction disorder" extending the addiction diagnosis to include drug, alcohol and gambling. It is estimated that the change would expand the number of people labeled as "addicts" by 20 to 30 million who would be entitled to treatment and disability payments costing taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars.Read More
Hidden financial conflicts-of-interest are sneaking into published drug research through the back door–meta-analyses.Read More
"We didn’t declare these competing interests because it didn’t occur to us to do so " Fiona Godlee, editor-in chief, BMJ.
Why did the BMJ fail to disclose its partnership agreement with Merck, major vaccine manufacturer–13 vaccines, including the controversial MMR vaccine ?Read More
We are no longer "blowin’ in the wind." A growing number of prominent physician-scientists, including several former journal editors, and New York Times columnists, have written sobering critiques about the corrupting impact pharmaceutical industry influence has had on medicine.Read More
Dr Mark Stolar, professor of clinical medicine at Northwestern: "There are very few people in whom I don’t detect bias based on where their conflicts lie.”Read More
In response to yesterday’s AHRP Infomail (March 5) in which we informed readers that Dr. Gilbert Ross, the Medical Director of the American Council on Science and Helath (ACSH), the author of a WT OpEd (March 4, 2010), is a convicted felon, whose medical license was revoked after serving two years in prison for healthcare fraud:
Pit-bull attack against Sen. Grassely, Sen. Baucus and FDA safety officer, David Graham MD by a fellon whose medical license was revoked for Medicaid fraud: "I violated every ethical trust placed in me as a doctor."Read More
ADHD published reports have been carefully crafted to declare pro-drug "conclusions"–but those conclusions are belied by the actual evidence about the long-term effects of ADHD drugs on children’s health.Read More
The first in the BBC-Panorama series elicited more than 65,000 emails and phone calls.The fourth report aired tonight, focuses on study #329, the largest of the Paxil pediatric trials. BBC will show evidence of how the published report of this trial was manipulated to deceive physicians about the safety and efficacy findings. [see Friday's Infomail…Read More
Readers of the New England Journal of Medicine should be forewarned: The information in the pages of the NEJM is tainted by industry influence, its professional and scientific integrity are tainted.Read More