Monday, May 4, 2009

IOM speaks out on doctors fees and gifts

The Wall Street Journal Medical blog reported last week that the Institute of Medicine has made a statement about the conflicts of interest in medical practices, education and research.

Even though there is no hard evidence that suggests an influence when it comes to industry payments and gifts to doctors, they've still made suggestions that are strict in nature. They suggested:
  • That doctors should refuse all fees and gifts offered to them
  • There should be a public website established to disclose all industry payments that are made.
Read the full story here. What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel that doctors are influenced by the gifts and payments they receive from companies?

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