Are psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry too close?
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|Tue, 10-09-2012 - 4:29pm|
I just read this very compelling article from Time regarding the psychiatric community and how there needs to be more separation with it and the pharmaceutical companies:
Arguing that his profession is “committing professional suicide” by failing to address its dangerously close relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, he likened psychiatry’s attitude toward its faltering legitimacy to the Vatican’s widely derided response to its child-sex-abuse scandal by priests — essentially that psychiatry is brushing off justifiable concerns as hype instead of dealing with the source of the problem.
Few experts believe that psychiatry’s relationship with the drug industry is healthy. While several speakers at the session pointed out that other specialties are similarly entangled with industry, “everyone does it” is generally not a valid defense where conflicts of interest are concerned.
It's a scary decision to put your child on medicaitions, so it's not very reassuring to know that the prescribing doctor might not be completely unbiased when making the decision on what is best for your child. Like the article says, they need to be looking at all the aspects of the meds, including any risks and side effects.
What are your thoughts on the article?