|Dr. Martin Samuels. [Image: boston.com]|
The Boston Globe is reporting that Dr. Martin Samuels, a neurologist from Harvard Medical School, wants to provide continuing medical education to doctors across the country... WITHOUT funding from pharmaceutical companies.
Samuels was invited to a steakhouse to hear a specialist discuss treatments for multiple sclerosis and to "earn" continuing medical education credits.
Fortunately, Samuels saw right through this. He told the Globe: "The class is not education, but subtle marketing by Teva Neuroscience, a pharmaceutical maker that sells a leading multiple sclerosis drug and, according to the fine print, is paying for the evening."
From the Globe:
“Doctors have lost confidence in [continuing medical education] and the public has lost confidence,’’ said Samuels, who sees patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he heads the neurology division. “The feeling is that everything is tainted. We simply must have a new way of doing this.’’ The company’s formation will be announced today.
Hats off to Dr. Samuels for taking this stance. Hopefully, for his sake, he won't become the target of a smear campaign led by the industry or its whores.
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