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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tufts doctor diagnoses conflict of interest

carlat150.bmpAvandia is the latest example of a drug whose dangerous side effects are rarely on the curriculum when drug companies underwrite education that doubles as advertising, Daniel Carlat (left) writes in an opinion piece in today's New York Times.

A professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and editor in chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Carlat was the subject of a profile by Globe reporter Carey Goldberg last month in Health/Science.

"Because pharmaceutical companies now set much of the agenda for what doctors learn about drugs, crucial information about potential drug dangers is played down, to the detriment of patient care," he writes.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 01:30 PM
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