Carlat: Bad Week for Professional Liars

This past Friday Carlat had a great post listing a number of blows to unscrupulous marketing.

Editorial comment — Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA):

“The profession of medicine, in every aspect — clinical, education, and research — has been inundated with profound influence from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. This has occurred because physicians have allowed it to happen, and it is time to stop.”

Also:

  1. ghostwriters for Vioxx promotions exposed (JAMA)
  2. Merck hid knowledge of Vioxx dangers, evidence of bad outcomes (JAMA)
  3. New York Time article: “high profile academic doctors who have relinquished industry ties and feel better about themselves and their profession as a result.”

Carlat’s conclusion?

It looks like the era of post-deception medicine is finally dawning.

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.


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