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Premier Government Body of Science and Medicine Turning Into Yet Another Agency for Corporate Science

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  • Conflicts of interests at Institute of Medicine (IOM) may have coaxed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a new narcotic painkiller, Zohydro
  • When FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg was criticized for the agency’s approval of Zohydro, she countered saying that “100 million Americans” suffer from severe chronic pain warranting use of the drug
  • However, this figure, which equates to 40 percent of American adults, is highly exaggerated and misleading, according to pain experts
  • IOM’s new President, Victor Dzau, is on the board of directors of four companies, including PepsiCo, thereby extending the IOM’s conflicts of interest to both drugs and the junk food industry

By Dr. Mercola

I’ve written quite a bit about growing conflicts of interest over the past few years—conflicts that, in the end, affect your health by impacting the practice of medicine. Yet despite growing awareness of this problem, matters keep getting worse.

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