When Physicians Are Paid to Promote Drugs – This Week on Sound Medicine
Doctors and pharmaceutical companies have a symbiotic but slippery relationship. When is it acceptable for physicians to take payment for endorsing a drug they prescribe? Do these financial deals affect patient care? Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., chats with Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Tracy Weber of Pro Publica about that group’s ongoing investigation of payments to doctors. Weber will discuss Pro Publica’s Dollars for Docs database, which provides information on physicians who receive payments from pharmaceutical companies.
Host Barbara Lewis will speak with Tufts University rheumatologist Chenchen Wang, M.D., about the benefits of the slow and meditative practice of tai chi for fibromyalgia patients. Dr. Wang’s research was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Also this week, Sound Medicine faculty co-hosts will interview Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, Ph.D., author of Your Creative Brain; Harvard nephrologist Julian Seifter, M.D., author of After the Diagnosis; and registered dietitian Susan Burke March, author of Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally.
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