July 25, 2011 - Three Professors Face Sanctions Following Harvard Medical School Inquiry
Three Harvard psychiatrists previously accused by a senator of accepting money from drug companies have been punished for violating conflict of interest polices set forth by the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Corruption of Big Pharma
Then drug companies retain teams of science writers and editors to shape the published medical literature in order to persuade doctors that new drugs are more effective and safer than they are. Systematic reviews find that sponsored scientific articles almost always conclude the company's drug is better. Negative results are usually not published at all.
Campuses Ban Pharma/Tobacco Money
“The argument for rejecting funding is that the tobacco industry has a 50-plus-year history of a corrupting influence on medical research.”
Harvard Researcher accepts 1.6 million from Big Pharma
"Chief of the Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Biederman has received research funds from 15 pharmaceutical companies. The New York Times exposed how Joseph Biederman earned $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers between 2000 and 2007 but did not report all of this income to Harvard University officials."
"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz
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