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BMJ Exposes Big Pharma’s Interference in Medical Decisions

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The BMJ has launched a global initiative calling for a reduction in the commercial influence of Big Pharma in health care. They brought together experts from eight nations in medicine, law and philosophy to propose fundamental cultural changes
  • In trying to balance overtesting, overdiagnosis and overtreatment against necessary procedures, the experts want to ensure dissemination of valid evidence “conducted as independently as possible from industries profiting from their use”
  • As The BMJ fights for transparency, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has taken the opposite tack, supporting Big Pharma and publishing studies designed, conducted, prepared and analyzed by the industry
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One of the primary roles of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is to review the safety and efficacy of drugs before they are sold on the U.S. market. In 2016, The BMJ suggested a strong conflict of interest when they wrote about a revolving door existing between the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry. In pursuit of monetary gain, this relationship places the health of Americans at risk.

Although these ties have been revealed in the past, two researchers from Oregon Health and Science University suggested many of the medical reviewers at the FDA go on to work for drug companies.

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