Sunday, April 27, 2008

Drug Company Support of Continuing Medical Education II

Officious, left wing ideologue hypocrite Robert Steinbrook, MD of left wing, Hate America, Dartmouth University, goes apoplectic over sponsored continuing medical education. Meanwhile, he has no trouble taking money from the left wing Macy Foundation to further their left wing agenda. They fund only politically correct grants, under their Harvard indoctrinated graduate infiltrated administration. So Steinbrook' s credibility is nil by his bias. This article has the credibility of a Ford salesman criticizing Toyota cars. The criticism is pretextual and self-interested.

He shows no harm to patients nor to doctors. Yet, the remedies gets threatening. Educational grants by drug companies will be violating Federal anti-kickback statutes, and the False Claims Act. They risk fraud and abuse. How can these be avoided? Funnel pooled grants through agencies such as presumably his own, eliminating the competition to medical school CME activities from far more competent commercial providers.

Meanwhile, JAMA, that left wing propaganda organ, is filled with drug company advertising. No mention of that anywhere. JAMA also provides its own CME, and is a competitor to those it attacks.

Here. I am still looking for the disclosure statement of the conflicts of interest of Dr. Steinbrook, the Macy Foundation, and of JAMA.


Anonymous said...

I think you have some interesting ideas, but I'm having trouble sorting through your comments. I would really like to understand your point(s); could you be more specific? Like, just as an example, in the 2nd paragraph of this post, what are the "remedies" and what do "they" and "these" refer to exactly? I've seen you comment on other blogs as well and I've had similar troubles...maybe it is me who is a little thick. If so, please ignore. Thanks.

Supremacy Claus said...

A harm to patients or to doctors should be shown before changes under threat should be made. I would like to see data showing an injury to a patient or to a doctor from sponsored CME. The author is claiming this sponsorship may constitute fraud and abuse by drug companies. The proposal would be to pool funding in a central depository. How about the Macy Foundation as a central depository? The proposal are self-serving, without disclosure that the criticism comes from competing providers of doctor education, JAMA, Dartmouth, the author, and Macy Foundation.

Unfortunately, I cannot find a way to provide the entire article.