Wednesday, Oct. 20
Should Doctors Accept Money from
Pharmaceutical Companies to Endorse Their Drugs?
According to a joint investigative report from the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, ProPublica, and other outlets, pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, mainly through speaking engagements. Many hospitals and medical schools permit their doctors to participate in company speakers bureaus. But some, like Harvard, have clamped down, and others, like Brigham and Women’s and Mass General, have halted their doctors’ promotional speaking appearances. So is there a conflict of interest here? Well, we’re going to ask the doctor. Dr. Lawrence Cohn joins us.