Prog G initially posted an potentially eye-opening long video on Youtube suggesting how Pharma could gain influence on Doctors using financial incentives. This has now been removed and replaced
We would now not recommend this YouTube video; it is biased and an eye-opener for other reasons. The debate, in the comments linked to this post, have been very helpful. We have replaced the video link with something more helpful in this context; bad science!
However there may have been elements in the initial video that we do not necessarily think could not be the case. Therefore Prof G said
“This happens in MS field as well! As a principle investigator and a steering committee member for several MS trials my only protection is transparency and full declaration of my conflicts of interest. May be this is not enough?”
“To develop new and effective treatments for MSers, MSologists have to get involved with Pharma, there is no alternative model. This also means getting up at meetings to present data and concepts. Every clinical trial should be viewed as an experiment and the results often raise questions, which is why we do the trials in the first place and why we don’t do trials that don’t ask a worthwhile scientific question.”
“For those of us who do clinical research on behalf of pharma we walk a fine line and have to take care that we don’t stray over that line.”
“All this Pharma bashing however is not good for the field. Pharma needs to get their house in order and they continually need to remind us what good they do. We mustn’t forget the major strides that have been made in the field of MS in the last 20 years; these would not have occurred without Pharma’s involvement.”