June 27

Dr. Eric Rubin to Replace Dr. Jeffrey Drazen as Editor-in-Chief of NEJM

Once again, the Massachusetts Medical Society selected a professor from the Harvard School of Public Health, to replace Dr. Jeffrey Drazen as the Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Eric Rubin is an endowed professor of Immunology & Infectious Disease and Chairman of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health. Harvard University, its medical school and its School of Public Health have deep corporate and academic ties to the pharmaceutical industry whose inordinate influence is a matter of public record.  Harvard serves as a major training and recruiting center for key leadership positions in medicine, public health and public policy.

Dr. Rubin’s research lab focuses on developing a vaccine for tuberculosis, and on new infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes — such as Zika and dengue. Question is, will Dr. Rubin follow in Dr. Drazen’s footsteps or in the prior Editors-in-Chief  — Dr. Marcia Angell and Dr. Jerome Kassirer — who denounce academic medicine’s financial ties to industry?


The Ties that Bind                                             

The New England Journal of Medicine‘s Corrupting ties to Pharma:

As drug industry’s influence over research grows, so does the potential for bias

NEJM reignites conflict-of-interest debate with reader poll

Selective Publication of Antidepressant Trials and Its Influence on …

Criticism of NEJM’s defense of industry-physician relations

The New England Journal of Medicine: commercial conflict of interest and revisiting the Vioxx scandal, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

There’s More Than One Kind of Conflict of Interest in Medical …The New Republic

Dear NEJM: We both know that conflicts of interest matter. EMCrit

Xarelto controversy highlights need for more transparency at NEJM …

The pharmaceutical industry is no stranger to fake news – STAT

Ghost Management: How Much of the Medical Literature Is Shaped Behind the Scenes by the Pharmaceutical Industry?  PLoS Medicine


 Harvard ties to Pharma:

 Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandary By

Harvard’s Sackler Dilemma The Crimson

Harvard School of Public Health Turns to Corporate Research Funding As Federal Support Stagnates

Pharma Ties at Harvard Medical School, ProPublica

Harvard as Big Pharma, The Crimson

Harvard Medical Students Rebel Against Pharma-Ties   

Harvard and Pfizer Announce Industry-Academic Partnership Policy and Medicine


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