NEWS: Financial conflicts corrupt medical guidelines
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that doctors with financial links to drug companies are unduly influencing treatment guidelines.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
By John Fauber and Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel, December 18, 2012
Doctors with financial ties to drug companies have heavily influenced treatment guidelines recommending the most lucrative drugs in American medicine, an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today has found.
The guidelines affect how doctors across the country treat patients for everything from diabetes to asthma, chronic pain, depression and high cholesterol.
Issued by leading medical associations and government institutions, treatment guidelines are supposed to be based on rigorous science. But the committees that write them have been dominated by doctors who have worked as paid speakers, consultants or advisers for companies selling the recommended drugs.
Critics say the financial relationships have corrupted medicine, resulting in cases where guidelines make dangerous or ineffective recommendations. Drug companies and some doctors counter that those with conflicts are often top experts in their field.
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