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Most members of the public may not realize this, but whenever a Food and Drug Administration committee meets to review a drug, an expert often appears to discuss the virtues of the medicine on behalf of the company seeking regulatory approval.

Now, a new analysis finds that many experts who spoke before the FDA committee that reviews cancer drugs held financial conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • For years I developed therapies and devices for my company Hydro Med Inc. I often hesitated to recommend my product to the patient. One even practically demanded that I recommend my Hydro Pulse to her.
    Now that I have sold my company and no longer have any financial interest or incentive to recommend my products, I find that I am practically recommending them to almost every patient! Of course, only where it is indicated, but now that I am free of “conflict of interest”, I am “emotionally” free of any hesitation to make recommendation for my products! Weird.
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    Re Top Doctors Receive Financial Renumeration from drug companies: shouldn’t drug companies seek the top doctors? And doing drug evaluations takes time – doctors should be paid for that time. Why is this considered unfair? There is no reason why the paid doctor can’t be as honest and objective about a drug as he would with a patient.

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