“Financial Conflicts of Interest in Medicine”


Citing the work of Lisa Cosgrove and Robert Whitaker in Psychiatry Under the Influence, Giovanni A. Fava, MD, provides an analysis of some subtle and yet important consequences of financial conflicts of interest in medicine. He also strongly criticizes the recent positions expressed by the New England Journal of Medicine which called for a reexamination of the views and regulations of financial conflicts of interest in medicine.

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 According to Dr. Fava, books such as Jerome P. Kassirer’s “On the Take” and John Abramson’s “Overdosed America” illustrated how corporate interest manipulated science, misled doctors and threatened the health of the community, and how medical journals and medical societies had a role in this. These and many other subsequent publications, such as Whitaker and Cosgrove’s “Psychiatry under the Influence”, documented a systematic, even though not universal, phenomenon in clinical medicine. Members of special interest groups, by virtue of their financial power and close ties with other members of the group, have the task of systematically preventing the dissemination of data which may be in conflict with their interests. It is certainly not because of a few bad apples or the behavior of journalists that the medical field is being discredited in the general public.

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  1. Thanks, and congrats, Robert, for writing the book and it’s being used to point out this greed inspired problem.

    And I absolutely agree, today’s medical community has gotten too greedy. I had over $100,000 taken out of my husband’s paychecks for health insurance. What did this pay for? Two children who were not even properly immunized until they were 16 and 18, a husband who unexpectedly died at the age of 46. And I had a “bad fix” on a broken bone, covered up with a bad drug cocktail by a paranoid of a malpractice suit doctor, who then had me gas lighted by psychiatrists. Psychiatrists who didn’t know how to do anything, other than create anticholinergic toxidrome poisoning, with various drug cocktails.

    And I had to become a medical researcher so I could medically explain how I was made sick, because every single doctor I dealt with subsequently, until I could medically explain how I was made sick, colluded to cover up the prior malpractice. So definitely, you’re right, “It is certainly not because of a few bad apples or the behavior of journalists that the medical field is being discredited in the general public.”

    They deserve to be discredited. Especially since today’s “bipolar” drug cocktail recommendations are, indeed, a recipe for how to make a person “mad as a hatter,” via anticholinergic toxidrome. Historically, and today, the psychiatrists have been used by the mainstream doctors to cover up their easily recognized iatrogenesis. And the psychiatrists are also used by the religions to cover up their child abuse hobbies. This is known as “the dirty little secret of the two original educated professions.” And an industry with such a “dirty little secret” is unworthy of respect collectively.

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