Friday, December 21, 2012

Doctors Linked to Drug Companies Shape Treatment Protocols


Side Effects | A Journal Sentinel Watchdog Report: Doctors with links to drug companies influence treatment guidelines By John Fauber and Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel

[Excerpted] 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.

The Journal Sentinel examined 20 clinical practice guidelines for conditions treated by the 25 top-selling drugs in the United States....

read the entire story linked herehttp://www.jsonline.com/features/health/doctors-with-links-to-drug-companies-influence-treatment-guidelines-ki7pjr6-184041791.html

I've posted quite a bit about doctors pushing dangerous anti-psychotics on children, using my own experience as an example. 

Nov 25, 2012
This individual pressed me to put my son on Risperdal because it had been approved for children with autism. I told her that I had read the clinical trial information about Risperdal and I would under no circumstances place my ...
 
Jul 14, 2011
This individual pressed me to put my son on Risperdal because it had been approved for children with autism. I told her that I had read the clinical trial information about Risperdal and I would under no circumstances place my ...
 
May 27, 2011
Routinely prescribing anti-psychotics began when a corrupt psychiatrist popularized the category of biopolar disorder for kids in his research, while advocating use of risperdal. Dr. Joseph Biederman, a child psychiatrist at ...
 
Dec 04, 2012
The article uses Risperdal as an example of a drug that has been promoted extensively for off-label use by pharmaceutical companies, especially for children. I know about Risperdal because I've had several doctors push it ...
  

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