Archive for May 2011

A Review of QuantiaMD: Good Content, Murky Firewalls, and Hypo-Disclosure

May 16th, 2011 | By

There are a number of new and rapidly growing physician social networking sites, and two of the largest are Sermo and QuantiaMD. They both offer tempting packages of free information to doctors, including CME. When stuff is free to you, someone else is paying for it. That “someone” has a stake in the content, and
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Lub-dub, Lub-dub, Lub-dub…KA-CHING!

May 6th, 2011 | By

In a fascinating series of articles released yesterday, ProPublica details how a heretofore obscure medical organization, the Heart Rhythm Society, pulls drug and device company cash in hand over fist. You’ll find the main article here, along with links to several companion pieces, my favorite being this devilishly fun interactive piece in which you can
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ACCME Seeks to Hide Drug Company Disclosures in the Fine Print

May 4th, 2011 | By

In an absolutely perplexing move, Dr. Murray Kopelow and the ACCME are proposing a revision to their Standards for Commercial Support that will undermine those standards. Currently, when an education company solicits money from industry to underwrite a course for doctors, they must disclose this inherent conflict of interest, and they often do so by
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