I like that this article was written. In it Robert Pearl highlights doctors who were on the take or who have fabricated studies. I agree that the only way to disinfect ourselves from these things is to expose them. His recommendations are:
1. Prohibit doctors from accepting anything at all from drug or device companies.
2. Form an ethics committee to address any concerns doctors may have.
3. Direct all research funding, regardless of the source, to the institution and not to individuals.
4. Require all providers to disclose any past payments, prior to the policy’s implementation.
I think his points are valid so you may want to read the whole Forbes article. What do you think? Is it time to get tougher on exposing these docs and/or in penalizing them?