December 08, 2003

Buying influence

From DB's Medical Rants, information and commentary on Big Pharma's influence on medical research:

Being a paid consultant has the veneer of appropriateness and respectability. The researchers easily delude themselves that as scientists they are immune from influence. Unfortunately, this naivety allows them to unknowingly make mistakes.

They justify their actions as necessary to support their overall research. They truly mean well. However, much like Dr. Faustus they are selling their souls. This is the dirty secret of much medical research.

We need a new ethical standard. We need to understand why we engage in this dance. We need to stop.

Unfortunately, I think we'll have to make them stop. The siren song of $$ is, again, proving resistant to wholly voluntary "ethical standards."

Posted by Carey at December 8, 2003 10:20 AM