TV Doctors Not Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

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Columbia Journalism Review examines the new database of drug company payments to physicians, and finds some high-profile physicians who appear on TV have not been disclosing their conflicts of interest.

“A review of the database finds physician journalists — those who appear regularly on news shows like Fox News, ABC News, and CBS News — are offering medical advice without disclosing that they’re receiving money from the pharmaceutical industry, which could benefit from the doctors’ on-air recommendations,” reports CJR. “For example, companies have provided free lunches to Jonathan LaPook, the chief medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and professor of medicine at NYU.”

Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors (Columbia Journalism Review, January 23, 2015)

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