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The Gig is Up: The Sunshine Act Will Include CME Payments to Doctors

Dec 29th, 2011 | By
The Gig is Up: The Sunshine Act Will Include CME Payments to Doctors

Those of us who have followed the progress of the implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act have been acutely aware of one potential loophole: drug companies might try to hide payments to doctors for industry-supported CME activities. That’s because these payments are not “direct” payments to doctors, but rather indirect payments. In a 2007
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The CME Coalition: A New Voice in the CME Industry

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

For those who have not yet heard, there is a new lobbying group in Washington, the CME Coalition. Their mission is to polish the tarnished image of industry-supported CME, in the hopes, apparently, of fending off any future legislation that would further regulate industry funding of CME. Now, if you read the organization’s mission statement,
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National Lipid Association: Old School Conflicts of Interest

Oct 12th, 2011 | By

Journalist Larry Husten of Cardiobrief.org just posted a fascinating article about conflicts of interest gone wild. An “expert panel” assembled by the National Lipid Association has recently published new recommendations on how to test patients for high lipids. At first glance, everything appeared legit. The authors are noted researchers in the field. The “Journal of
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PhRMA to Dollars for Docs: What’s Cash Got to Do With It?

Sep 15th, 2011 | By

The irrepressible ProPublica has been at it again, cross-checking, compiling and organizing the flow of cash from drug companies to doctors. Among the 12 drug companies which have revealed data (most of whom have been forced to do in the context of legal settlements) we are now up to $760 million in payments from 2009
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Dr. Stahl’s Medical Writer Fights Back

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

Dr. Stahl’s controversial post on the evils of pharmascolds and antipsychiatry has attracted nearly as many comments as all of his prior blog posts combined. Most of the comments have been highly critical of his viewpoint. But we have yet to hear a response from the man himself. However, his medical writer, Debbi Ann Morrissette,
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Syracuse Restaurant Becomes “Pharmaceutical Dinner Facility”

Aug 18th, 2011 | By

In a rather embarrassing attempt to raise revenues, a restaurant in Syracuse, New York, is now explicitly marketing itself as a purveyor of drug company dinners. Francesca’s Cucina, “Located in the heart of Syracuse’s Little Italy,” according to its website, offers a private banquet room, a private outdoor courtyard, and regular tables and a bar
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