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Pharma payments to network TV physician-journalists – Columbia Journalism Review

I’m late on this, but it’s noteworthy.  Paul Thacker, journalist and former investigator for the US Senate Finance Committee investigating medical research conflicts of interest, published a new piece in the Columbia Journalism Review last week.  It’s entitled:

Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors – Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians

It’s an important discussion of TV physician-journalists “offering medical advice without disclosing that they’re receiving money from the pharmaceutical industry.”

I welcome your comments.

I have written several times in the past about various ethical issues facing network TV physician journalists, although Thacker addresses a different matter.  Some of my past posts:



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