Doctors as lapdogs to drug firmsBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39037.697315.3A (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1121
The beast is ourselves
- Aubrey Blumsohn, consultant
- 1Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield S5 7AU firstname.lastname@example.org
Fugh-Berman is correct that we need to bite something tender and to get out of that lap.1 But we are fighting the wrong beast. The beast is not the pharmaceutical industry—it is ourselves.
Pharmaceutical companies sell products under the banner of science. But their only raison d'être is to make money. Industry …