CDC Receives Millions from Big Pharma: Does it Affect their Recommendations and Endorsements?

The British Medical Journal recently published a report, which you can find here, details the extent to which the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been accepting significant amounts of money from the pharmaceutical industry (among others) and highlights some of the recent positions that the CDC has taken which certainly cause concern about whether the CDC has been unduly influenced by the influx of  industry money.

Kudos to Shannon Brownlee of the Lown Institute for being quoted about this scary and sad development.

This revelation about CDC funding also makes me wonder whether researchers who might be applying for funding from the CDC might be rejected if they have ever spoken out against the pharmaceutical or medical device industry in any way.  If so, the voice against big pharma’s influence in medical practice, which promotoes over-prescribing among other dangerous behaviors, is only going to grow dimmer.

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Psychologists and Torture

A day after I wrote this piece for theconversation.com about psychologists and torture, the New York Times highlighted a newly issued report that details the extent to which senior level members of the American Psychological Association (APA) conspired with the CIA, members of the Bush administration, and the Department of Defense to condone, justify, and protect psychologists who participated in torture.

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“Rectal Feeding” is Not a Medical Procedure. It is Torture

See this report from the International Business Times, which makes clear that his activity is torture, plain and simple. It is about exerting control over others, causing pain, and human degradation.  Steven Miles, MD, the single most knowledgeable physician about physician participation in torture, is quoted.
http://www.ibtimes.com/what-are-rectal-feeding-rectal-hydration-doctors-call-cia-tactics-torture-1751952

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The Ethics of Doctors and Psychologists Participating in Torture

I was a guest on Radio Boston a couple of days ago. The topic was the ethics of doctors and psychologists participating in torture.  The short answer is that physicians should not participate in enhanced interrogations and/or torture in any way, shape, or form.

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2014/12/10/cia-interrogation-techniques

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US News and World Report article

Thank you to US News and World Report for the article they wrote here detailing our findings about how hard it is to find a psychiatrist.

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The Difficulty in Obtaining an Initial Psychiatric Appointment

Reuters reported on our recent study about how difficult it was for us to secure an initial appointment in 3 major US cities:  Boston, Chicago, and Houston.

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Radio Boston–WBUR: Mental Health Issues in the Startup World

I was a guest on today’s show:

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2014/10/10/startup-anxiety

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Revisiting Marijuana Addiction

In my latest Psychology Today blog I discuss recent medical literature which highlights the likelihood of becoming addicted to marijuana as well as the various consequences for those who over consume it, especially those who do so in adolescence.

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Help for Physicians who have Substance Use Disorders

Most states have physician health programs (PHPs), and physicians who are referred to them are generally bound to do whatever the PHP tells them in order to continue practicing medicine.   Thus, PHPs wield a lot of power.  The problem with them, however, is that despite their great power, many PHPs operate with little real oversight and as a result the rights and well-being of physicians who are referred to them can suffer.

Read my blog post at Psychology Today here.

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Psychology Today Blog–Psychiatrists Waste Millions of Hours Obtaining Prior Authorizations from Insurers

It is a travesty that insurance companies single out psychiatric patients for this kind of scrutiny.  Your physician doesn’t have to call an insurance company to admit you if you are a woman in labor or a kid with appendicitis.

 

See my blog post here:

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/almost-addicted/201305/psychiatrists-waste-millions-hours-obtaining-prior-auths

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