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A food blog I can’t digest

Hoo boy. I never thought I’d have to resign a blogging position in protest. But so I find. I’m dismayed at ScienceBlogs’ decision to run material written by PepsiCo as what amounts to editorial content — equivalent, that is, to the dozens of blogs written by scientists, bloggers, and writers who come with a different,…

Neuroskeptic offers an elegant unpeeling of a study seeming specifically designed to find a marketing-friendly distinction for a drug — Abilify — otherwise undistinguished. Suppose you were a drug company, and you’ve invented a new drug. It’s OK, but it’s no better than the competition. How do you convince people to buy it? You need…

An ongoing topic here — raised in depth here, and most recently here — is how psychiatry is going to right itself from being knocked off-course and off-kilter by its overcozyness with pharma and a corresponding picture of mental disorder. Psychiatrist Danny Carlat — one of many dismayed by psychiatry’s directtion over the last few…

I’m having difficulty even reading, much less posting about, the river of stories about pharma and device industries, FDA regs, conflicts of interest, and so on. But I’ll take a stab here at spotlighting the main events and making some sense of where this is headed. For I don’t think it’s just coincidence that brings…

Angell on drug money: Just say No

Marcia Angell makes it plain: The fact that drug companies pay prescribers to be “educated” underscores the true nature of the transaction. Students generally pay teachers, not the reverse. The real intent is to influence prescribing habits, through selection of the information provided and through the warm feelings induced by bribery. Prescribers join in the…