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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.

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