Tuesday, February 8, 2011

U still clueless on conflict of interest

Very disappointing...

And the reason...the Regents deem that since the FDA and Minnesota Board of Medical Practice said everything was hunky dory, the U should not expend resources on it.

Perhaps instead of spending millions of dollars on the Driven to Distraction/Because propaganda campaign the U should concentrate its efforts on strengthening its conflict of interest policy. Fat chance of that happening though, because it would mean FOREGOING CORPORATE $$$$ and upsetting RAINMAKERS, who might leave Minnesota for another institution where they can feed unhindered at the trough of big pharma.

Leigh Turner nicely sums things up: the response simply says “people have looked at this, so there’s nothing left to look at.”

Nevermind that the state legislature was so disturbed by the case that it passed a law barring patients under civil commitments from consenting to medical research. Or that Minnesota's mental health ombudsman questioned the recruiting practice. It doesn't take much in the way of critical thinking ability to figure out that getting paid by pharmaceutical companies to recruit subjects for clinical trials creates incentives for people to do bad stuff.

As far as the Regents and top administrators are concerned, however, if it ain't illegal, then the U is in the clear and there's no need for introspection about how the U's lax conflict of interest policy contributed to a tragic outcome. (And no, the new conflict of interest policy does not fix this problem!)

1 comment:

  1. If it ain't illegal.

    Sadly this refrain comes from the highest level of the AHC and the medical school as this post will demonstrate. Make sure to play the vids.

    Bill Gleason

    "We're not violating a legal statute"
    link: http://bit.ly/zLxTA