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Conflicts of Interest at the Doctor's Office

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Conflicts of Interest at the Doctor's Office

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Conflicts of Interest at the Doctor's Office

Conflicts of Interest at the Doctor's Office

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Whether it's free lunches from pharmaceutical company reps or industry-sponsored educational events, many doctors are constantly connected to the drug industry. These ties help keep doctors up to date, but do they also create conflicts of interest that could compromise patient health?

Guests:

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, medical oncologist and bioethicist; chair, Department of Clinical Bioethics; the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Sanford Friedman, cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital; associate clinical professor, medicine/cardiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Jerome Kassirer, author of On the Take: How Medicine's Complicity with Big Business can Endanger Your Health; former editor, New England Journal of Medicine; distinguished professor; Tufts University School of Medicine