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In a follow up to my recent posts invloving free lunches and biased reports concerning the measures drug manufactures go to push their products on doctors and the medical industry as a whole, a new report by the Annals of Internal Medicine shows some of the more subtle and less discussed measures they typically utilize to achieve their profit driven goals.

According to MSNBC.com:

Some drug makers pay key leaders in a field of medicine, such as chairs of departments in medical schools, tens of thousands of dollars if they are saying the right things about their product. They manipulate medical education sessions, lectures, articles in medical journals, research studies, even personal conversations between physicians to get their product message across.

“It is very disturbing,” says lead author Dr. Michael Steinman of the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Hospital. “It really does a disservice to patient care.”

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