Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I recently read Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre, a qualified doctor, about questionable practices that have become the culture of the pharmaceutical industry, it was both interesting and alarming and there is now a movement aimed at shifting the balance to eradicate poor standards and bias. I caught part of a documentary on TV last night that was covering this topic and the bit I saw was about large pharmaceutical companies paying doctors to give talks at conferences for medical practitioners and students, the implication being that any such presentations would be biased because of the payments involved. This is strongly denied by those involved.
Large companies in the pet food industry are also able to sponsor events for veterinary students, two vets with knowledge of raw feeding recently led what was described in the trade press as an independent seminar on raw feeding for students at a UK veterinary school, it was organised by one of the leading producers of raw food diets for dogs. There is, of course, nothing to suggest that these vets received any payment for their services.
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