Doctors That Make Us Look Bad

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?

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  6 comments for “Doctors That Make Us Look Bad

  1. JRDO
    December 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I hate the double standard that occurs with #1.

    Doctors cannot take any gifts from vendors yet for all the healthcare suits the perks flow freely. I get it, healthcare is different from producing widgets. But when the administrators and drug reps are making more than the PCPs there has got to be a better way to ensure that the healthcare dollars are buying healthcare for patients instead of more luxury for the suits.

  2. L. J. Sloss, M.D.
    December 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I have a problem with item 3: Promotion up the institutional/academic ladder is already driven by economic “productivity” as well as by fame and its poor cousin, service to the community. In addition, if anything, the institutional managerial hierarchy is the most susceptible entity when money is the object, however packaged and by whomever proffered. I think the only “conflict-of-interest-free” approach would be to anonymize the donor and/or the honoree, or better yet for money to be contributed to a broadly-based pool from which support could be drawn for projects deemed worthy on their merit without consideration of the grantee or the institution receiving the funds. Good luck on that!

    • SRDO
      December 13, 2018 at 4:37 am

      and who does the worthiness deeming?…..”the ethics committee”

  3. RSW
    December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    “Prohibit doctors from accepting anything at all from drug or device companies.”

    Great idea, but why stop there? Let’s prohibit lawyers, accountants, teachers, any living human being from accepting anything at all from anyone.

    • SRDO
      December 13, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Tops on the prohibit list is The Honorable Polit.

  4. Drazen Jukic
    December 11, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Unless you have a fully private practice, the payments go to institutions, not you or your lab. Also, getting federal and other grants is exceedingly hard as the “old guard” who got previous grants is more likely to get them again. Succinct solution- get the private grants no matter from whom to go via the institution, all else will not matter..

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