Dr. Joel Lexchin Says Big Pharma is too Close With Physicians

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From The Toronto Star: In his new book Doctors in Denial: Why Big Pharma and the Canadian Medical Profession are too Close for Comfort, Dr. Joel Lexchin discusses the troubling relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession in Canada.

“I’ve worked with thousands of doctors and the number who consciously are not looking out for the best interests of their patients can be counted on one or two fingers. But, at the same time, if doctors interact with industry and don’t recognize the results of those interactions then they’re putting the interest of the industry above the interest of their patient. Doctors, and the medical profession in general, are in a conflicted situation. The way to get out of that is to create a firewall between medicine and industry.”

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  1. “Big Pharma is too Close With Physicians,” you think? I do agree, creating “a firewall between medicine and industry” is necessary since the doctors can not see the big picture well enough to understand Pharma’s influence on them. Or even see that their medical journals have been filled with big Pharma’s scientific fraud.

    Goodness, the psychiatrists believe a drug class that can create both the negative and positive symptoms of “schizophrenia,” via neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome and anticholinergic toxidrome, should be the mandated “treatment” for “schizophrenia.” How blind can you get? They believe the antipsychotics are a “wonder drug!” Who’s deluded?