Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Med school professors paid big bucks to whore for drug companies !

Welcome to your medical system run by Big Pharma.

Teaching hospital doctors receive millions of dollars to deliver speeches written by drug companies. The bottom line for the US medical industry? Just like everything else in American culture, it's about making money off other people, not health.

Faculty physicians stay on the industry lecture circuit, where they can net tens of thousands in additional income.

Critics of the practice say delivering talks for drug companies is incompatible with teaching future generations of physicians. That's because drug firms typically pick the topic of the lecture, train the speakers and require them to use company-provided presentation slides. They are in training to become drug salesmen for Big Pharma.

"You're giving someone else's messages, someone else's talk, someone else's judgments," said Dr. Bernard Lo, a medical professor at University of California, San Francisco who chaired a national panel [3] examining conflicts of interest in medicine. "We don't allow our students to use someone else's work."]

Examples are Dr. Alan Yeung [5], vice chairman of Stanford's department of medicine and chief of cardiovascular medicine who earned $53,000 [6] from Eli Lilly & Co. in 2009 and the first half of 2010.

Child psychiatrist Hans Steiner [7] was paid $109,000 [8] by Lilly to deliver talks about a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The practice of paying doctors to become Big Pharma shills is widespread. It forms one of the major sources of influence over the practice of medicine in this country.

Big Pharma's goal is to maximize their profits, patient's health is secondary.

Don't take your doctor's word about your treatment. Do your own research on the web.

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