Psychs in the Pocket of Big Pharma

New York Times
Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts
By Gardiner Harris
June 27, 2007

WASHINGTON, June 26 — As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty.

How this money may be influencing psychiatrists and other doctors has become one of the most contentious issues in health care. For instance, the more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical antipsychotics to children, for whom the drugs are especially risky and mostly unapproved.

Full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/health/psychology/27doctors.html?ex=1183608000&en=9e3ddc6208668abb&ei=5070&emc=eta1

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