Tag Archives: Conflict of interest

Perception vs. Reality of Industry Support

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Last month we were discussing the changes to educational programs, something those of us in sales have long seen as a “safe harbor.” To learn the latest, review the recent White Paper (PDF) issued by the American Board of Medical Specialties which includes their discussion on commercial funding of medical education.  Thanks to our friends at Policy & Medicine for bringing this to my attention.

This is a discussion of CME programs, their future and where the line in the industry-physician support needs to be drawn. Please take a moment to review the document, and provide feedback to the ABMS committee before March 1. Continue reading

Corrupt Conflicts or Successful Synergies? Are Patients Being Shortchanged?

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Are conflicts of interest (COI) between industry and physicians inherently corrupt? Or, have these relationships been to the primary benefit of accelerating innovation and ensuring the best patient outcome? Have we moved from innocent until proven guilty to guilty under all circumstances with pharmaceutical or medical devices industry relationships with physicians?  Jonathan Sackier discusses this on the Doctor’s Channel. Continue reading