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Medical Students Fed Up with Professors' Secret Financial Ties to Big Pharma

By Mike Adams, November 28, 2008 | Key concepts: Medical schools, Big Pharma and Corruption

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Medical schools have long been corrupted by Big Pharma, which secretly bribes professors with meals, gifts, vacations and cash bonuses to make sure they teach students a pro-pharmaceutical curriculum.

Now some medical students are fed up with the corruption, and they're demanding that schools require professors to disclose their financial ties with drug companies. Unbelievably, the medical schools are refusing!

Currently, professors "voluntarily" report money from Big Pharma, and there's no penalty for lying about it. So they lie, just like the psychiatrists, journalists, physicians and other professionals who are on the take from drug companies. They lie all the way to the bank, where they pocket drug money, all while pushing brand-name drugs onto their students.

The corruption of medical students is deep. Big Pharma practically sets the curriculum at many schools, and there's hardly a med school professor who isn't touched in some way by drug money.

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Medical Students Fed Up with Professors' Secret Financial Ties to Big Pharma

From Reuters.com: Medical students, unite! Itís time to fight for your right to know your profsí drug-industry ties! Thatís whatís happening over at Harvard, where some 40 students rallied recently on the steps of Harvard Medical Schoolís Gordon Hall. Along with some folks from Tufts and Boston University, they were waving signs and pushing for tighter conflict-of-interest policies vis-a-vis Harvard docs and pharmaceutical companies....As the [Harvard] Crimson tells it, students have been trying for six years to get the administration to tighten its conflicts policies, both in the classroom and at the affiliated hospitals where the students train.... more

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