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Sunday, July 13, 2008

OA to resolve doubts about the corrupting influence of money

Is psychiatric research corrupted by drug money?  Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) wants to know and is asking the Senate to investigate the financing of the American Psychiatric Association

How can psychiatrists clear the air?  Here's one answer, quoted in yesterday's New York Times:

...“Having everyone stand up like a Boy Scout and make a pledge isn’t going to quell suspicion,” said Dr. Donald Klein, an emeritus professor at Columbia, who has consulted with drug makers himself. “The only hope to rule out bias is to have open access to all data that’s produced in studies and know that there are people checking it” who are not on that company’s payroll....