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US seniors group attacks pharmaceutical industry “fronts”

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:351
  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. Washington

    The giant US seniors group AARP, which has 35 million members aged over 50, has accused the pharmaceutical industry of funding “front” groups that purport to represent older Americans but instead push industry friendly political messages.

    An investigation by the AARP Bulletin has discovered that three key organisations, the United Seniors Association, the Seniors Coalition, and the 60 Plus Association, have all received substantial contributions in recent years from the drug industry.

    “When the pharmaceutical industry speaks these days, many Americans may not be able to recognize …

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