It’s interesting that the largest association of Medical Doctors (not psychs) in Wisconsin has just instituted new policies barring its members from accepting gifts from drug companies, following a national trend to limit conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived.
The medical doctors understand that there’s a conflict of interest whenever a doctor takes money or even mugs or a post-it note pad from a drug company.
The psychs will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into compliance with this new policy, as many of them make a substantial part of their income from “consulting” with drug companies, paid “speaking engagements” promoting their drugs, and “continuing education” about drugs funded by — who else — the drug companies.
The ban includes the most common gifts to doctors such as food, mugs and pens, as well as reimbursements for travel.
“A complete ban eases the burdens of compliance, biased decisino-making, and patient distrust,” says the new policy implemented by the Wisconsin Medical Society, the largest association of doctors in Wisconsin.
It’s about time. It’s not enough — all other states need similar policies in place.
The University of Minnesota Medical School has proposed a new conflict-of-interest policy so strict that doctors won’t be able to accept even post-it notes bearing a drug company’s logo.
All personal gifts from the drug companies and medical device manufacturers (sorry to see them lumped with the likes of Eli Lily, but if the prosthetic shoe fits…) will be banned. And free drug samples will be limited. Doctor’s consulting relationships with the drug companies would be disclosed both to patients and the public, and those financial ties would be monitored far more closely. Big Pharma is not going to be amused.
This new policy in Minnesota is “really putting policies in place that would, as best as possible, ensure the patient’s best interest,” according to Dr. Leo Furcht, co-chairman of the task force recommending the rules, and chairman of the U of Minnesota’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. You can just smell Dr. Furcht’s disgust with psychiatrists at the University, who prescribe dangerous mind-altering drugs based on their whimsical diagnoses and personal prejudices, and who have no actual lab tests to prove any of their brain chemistry imbalance mumbo-jumbo.
There are no such tests, as any psych will tell you. It’s all subjective, so in reality, any diagnosed mental illness exists only in the mind of the psychiatrist who diagnoses it.
The more you find out about how psychiatrists really work and their plans for our future, the more disgusted you will get. A visit to the “Psychiatry: an Industry of Death Museum” will, more than likely, turn any amusement you feel toward the “bumbling do-gooders” in psychiatry into disgust and outrage at their mistreatment of their patients. You can find out about the Industry of Death Museum from CCHR.