Harvard Researchers Fail to Report Drug Payments

Wow. wow. wow.  An honor system???  You have got to be kidding me! This is exactly the kind of thing that we have been talking about all along.  Doctors are getting paid huge amounts of money by big pharma to do “research” for the sake of wellness for our children – except, they are really being paid by big pharma to find more ways to get our kids on prescription drugs earlier.  A researcher or scientist who accepts any gift or any amount of money from any company or person who stands to gain or lose from that person’s findings is clearly a biased biostitute (bio-prostitute) with a huge conflict of interest.

How is this any different from those paid by big pharma to prove that there is no link between vaccines and autism?  It’s simple, it’s not.

The time has come for reporting systems to be put into place so that big pharma cannot sway our researchers and physicians to harm anyone for the sake of their own financial gain.  I would like to see rigorous checks in place to review the income of those associated with any medical research in addition to knowing the true funding source of the study.  I would also like to see doctors have to disclose the amount they get paid every year in pharmaceutical incentives for the vaccinated children in their practices and for the prescriptions they write.  I would also like to see doctors have to claim the lavish gifts bestowed upon them by pharmaceutical reps/companies such as swimming pools, vacations, etc.  Then, it won’t be hard for anyone to see the conflict of interest that has run ramptant through the medical industry.

Harvard Researchers Fail to Report Drug Payments 

By DAVID ARMSTRONG
June 9, 2008; Page A2, New York Times

Three prominent Harvard University psychiatrists underreported payments they received from drug makers, a situation that highlights the need for a national reporting system of pharmaceutical company payments to physicians, according to Sen. Charles Grassley.

Sen. Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said his staff compared records of payments provided by drug makers with conflict-of-interest forms the three psychiatrists provided to the university and Massachusetts General Hospital, where they practice. The university and hospital disclosures made it appear that the psychiatrists — Joseph Biederman, Thomas Spencer and Timothy Wilens — were making only a “couple hundred thousand dollars” over a seven-year period beginning in 2000.

After Sen. Grassley began his inquiry, the university and hospital asked the doctors to take a second look at the amounts they received from drug companies. Sen. Grassley said this prompted Dr. Biederman and Dr. Wilens to report revised totals of more than $1.6 million each in payments from drug companies between 2000 and 2007. Dr. Spencer reported receiving more than $1 million, according to Sen. Grassley.

The amounts may be even higher, Sen. Grassley says, because drug-company records indicate the doctors were still reporting amounts lower than what the pharmaceutical makers say they were paid.

Dr. Biederman is a controversial figure whose research on childhood bipolar disorder is criticized by some for leading to a huge number of young children being placed on powerful and potentially dangerous medications. He didn’t return a telephone message seeking comment. Attempts to contact the other doctors were unsuccessful.

Sen. Grassley said the current method for disclosing conflicts of interest among medical researchers is an honor system in which researchers report their relationships with drug and medical-device makers, but nobody checks to make sure the information is accurate.

“Why weren’t Harvard and Mass General watching over these doctors?” Sen. Grassley said in comments reported in the Congressional Record. “The answer is simple: They trusted these physicians to honestly report this money.”

He is calling for a national reporting system in which drug companies disclose payments to doctors.

The results of Sen. Grassley’s review were reported by the New York Times on Sunday.

Link to story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121297210499055941.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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