From The Conversation: “One of the authors of this article (Joel Lexchin) was part of a study that looked at FCOI [financial conflicts of interest] in Canadian medical guidelines. We examined 28 guidelines that recommended drug treatment for a wide variety of diseases.
In more than 25 per cent of these documents, over half of the authors disclosed FCOI with manufacturers of drugs that they recommended.
The guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder from the American Psychiatric Association was studied by Lisa Cosgrove, the second author of this article. Financial ties to industry were disclosed by all members of this guideline development committee.”