Top of the Morning

Top of the morning

It’s hard to keep up with the all the conflicts of interest in the medical-industrial complex, but here’s one that’s worth thinking about, courtesy of the Consumer Reports Health Blog, citing a recent study in a medical journal.

90% of the authors of three American Psychiatric Association (APA) clinical practice guidelines in psychiatry had financial ties to drug companies mentioned in those guidelines.

The authors owned equity in the companies, served as board members or consultants, or received honoraria, none of which were disclosed in the guidelines.

John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Heath Ratings Center, sums up the problem.

We rely on professional and consumer organizations to protect patients and doctors from industry, not facilitate their influence.

Facilitating the influence of industry. That’s a polite way to put it.

Check Also

Anthony Scaramucci thought HB2 was “shameful”

Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, was ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The Cape Fear River is damaged, contaminated by decades of human malfeasance, negligence and ignoran [...]

Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble appears to be violating the state public records law and is [...]

This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pivotal case of Silver, et al. [...]

Duke Energy has been fined $156,000 for 21 illegal seeps from coal ash basins at its Allen, Marshall [...]

These are extraordinary times in the American experiment with representative democracy. In Washingto [...]

Public education in North Carolina has its share of challenges, not the least of which has been the [...]

The post Time to come clean appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Tax Day in 2018 in North Carolina presents an opportunity to make sure our tax code allows us to mee [...]

Now hiring

NC Policy Watch is now hiring a Managing Editor – click here for more info.