US seniors group attacks pharmaceutical industry “fronts”BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.351 (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:351
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I am surprised it took the AARP (35 million + members) so long to
realize this has been going on for eons! To my knowledge, including
various Churches, there have been "front" organizations for virtually ALL
works of life -
the Pharm Industry (with the exception of a few, highly ethical ones), has
been doing this for at least fifty years. Pfizer, Inc. was one of the
originators of having authoritative Physician (and allied health
professionals) speak before a "Grand Rounds" )[phys & other health
professionals] - at hospitals, as far back as 40 years ago -to enable
Interns, Medical Students, Residents, Fellows and Staff physicians (&
other interested health personnel, such as Nurses, Social Workers, etc.)
be appraise of the latest health situations and "remedies" from top, non-
partisan medical authorities - the Hospital "Grand Rounds" section and the
Chiefs of Service, picked the speaker - OF THEIR CHOICE - invited her/him
and the speaker was paid a reasonable honorarium for services rendered -
BY the hospital or Medical group (such as Country Medical Society) - the
institution was reimbursed by Pfizer, without monies going directly to the
speaker. Much of the time, the Medical speaker's topic had nothing to do
with any Pfizer product - but was totally Medically informational; as a
result of this, these are the reasons that many - if not all - of the AARP
members are able to take advantage of the many "miracle=like" prosthesis
and other tremendous medical advances to keep them hail and hearty -
because an "expert" came in and whetted the appetite of an influential
audience, who went on to do great "medical miracles" for mankind.
In conclusion - at this point in the history of our Great United
States of America, what industry, company or Church organization can the
author name, WHO does not or has not used a "friendly front organization"
to help foster their cause. At the very least, the Pharmaceutical
industry should NOT be singled out - in MY opinion. Thank you and
continued - with the help of the Pharm industry and the medical community
- GOOD HEALTH. Frank J. Elsner
Competing interests: No competing interests