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.”