The U.S. spends more money per capita on health care than any other country. So it is not surprising that there are many commercial interests in the health care industry looking for good publicity from journalists.
The Statement of Principles of the Association of Health Care Journalists states that journalists should:
Here are several articles on commercialism in news coverage of drugs:
“Bitter Pill,” by Trudy Lieberman, is available at: http://www.cjr.org/issues/2005/4/lieberman.asp.
“Celebrity Selling,” by Ray Moynihan (2 parts), available at: http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/324/7349/1342 and http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/325/7358/286
“Commercialism in TV Health News,” by Gary Schwitzer, is available at: http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=85652
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