Doctors, Money, and Conflicts of Interest

I’m a doctor. My father’s a doctor. My colleagues are doctors. The people I train are doctors. Lots and lots of my friends are doctors. But that doesn’t mean that doctors sometimes are not blind to certain issues, like their own financial conflicts of interest. Sometimes we have to poke doctors with a stick. That’s how we show our love. When the Food and Drug Administration creates an advisory committee to help or decide whether to approve drugs, it often asks academic physicians to serve on the committees to serve as external experts. This is suppose to help the committee render judgments that are unbiased and scientific. Physicians can, therefore, hold a fair amount of sway in how decisions are made. One would hope that they’d be above reproach.

6 Responses to "Doctors, Money, and Conflicts of Interest"

  1. ROBERTO FERRARI   August 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    DRA. DOS TEMAS PARA CONSIDERAR. 1) LOS MEDICOS, NO SABEN NADA SOBRE VACUNAS POR LO QUE EVITAN INVOLUCRARSE EN PROBLEMAS. EN CASO DE TENER IDEA SOBRE POSIBLES CONSECUENCIAS ADVERSAS, TAMPOCO DIRAN NADA A LOS PADRES, YA QUE SI LOS ACONSEJAN NO VACUNAR A SUS HIJOS, Y CUALQUIER COSA LES SUCEDE, AUNQUE NADA TENGA QUE VER CON DICHAS VACUNAS, LO PRIMERO QUE HARAN, SERA ATRIBUIRLE A LA FALTA DE PREVENCION. EN MI PAIS, LOS MEDIOS, INSISTEN TANTO, SOBRE EL CUMPLIR CON CALENDARIOS, DIARIAMENTE EN EPOCA INVERNAL. QUE ANTE A UNA CALIFICADA IGNORANCIA, OPTAN, POR SEGUIR CONSEJOS DE MINISTERIOS, ALTAMENTE COMPLICADOS, CON LA MAFIA DE LOS PINCHAZOSL SIN MENCIONAR LO QUE RECIBEN EN SOBORNOS GOBERNANTES.. UN TEMA COMPLICADO, EL NO RECIBIR INFORMACION, Y RESPONDER A LA MOTIVACION DEL MIEDO. COMO CAMBIAR EL SISTEMA??

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  2. Monica Wright   August 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Yes , one would hope they would be beyond reproach, however that is not the case,
    or death by Doctor and Medicine would not be one of the leading causes of death in North America.

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  3. Jerry Sherman   August 21, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    my experience with physicians (in general) is they care more about their finances. They push drugs and vaccines and treatments they know to be harmful and/or unnecessary. My interactions with physicians for my own care and that of loved ones proves it over and over again. They still push the very harmful and absolutely WORTHLESS statin drugs, they still push their worthless and dangerous vaccines. They SHOULD be more educated in the value of nutrition but seem to be totally clueless with regards to the ONE big factor that would make a difference in QUALITY of life, and that is nutrition.

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  4. Robert Pattinson   August 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Pediatricians Love to Hurt and kill Babies Munchousen syndrome.a Physiological problem.
    Abortionists are killing millions of babies and being highly rewarded.
    And now regular doctors are jealous and they’re doing it to with the vaccine scam and they will be highly rewarded also.
    Doctors have killed so many babies and children they put Toys R Us out of business.
    Doctors are killing off my family and friends and nobody looks into it CDC and FDA owned by the pharmaceutical Mafia of murder.

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  5. sandra jimenez   September 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I agree with all the above individuals. However, the most important of all is that God has given us a way to stay health in the book no one reads anymore, that book is the BIBLE. Which is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. I have read the Bible many years and proud to be 61 years of age soon to be 62 in Oct. 2018. I have lead a healthy life and most of my family is not that fortunate because they are sitting on the sidelines waiting for a better drug. I am healthier than an ox. It is not rock science just common sense. We all complain about it and do nothing!
    Last time I checked the Constitution it is for, by, the PEOPLE. So where are the People? Very few stand for justice in this new world of Technology. Many critic. The question is????? Is this what our children and grandchildren are going to deal with and inherit? That is just unacceptable.

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  6. sandra jimenez   September 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I believe the biggest problem is that the FDA and the CDC think that one vaccine is good for all. That is not only irrespondsible but, plain stupity. How can you treat a society of illness applying the same treatment for all. Every individual is different and we should be treated as individuals when having to see a doctor or any other type of specialty. We as individuals decide to opt out of a vaccine we should be able to have that right. I am 62 years young and have never had a flu shot. Ifought for my 2 children not to get the flu shots and won. Their vaccines were limited thanks to a awesome pediatrician.

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