People who work in healthcare and speak out to protect others pay the cost. What happens when someone with integrity speaks out against the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry:
‘One of the medical world’s most respected expert bodies is in turmoil as its annual meeting gets underway in Edinburgh, Scotland, after its governing board voted to expel a member. The Cochrane Collaboration, which reviews the scientific literature in areas of clinical research and produces widely cited analyses that help guide clinical practice, kicked out a member who has been an outspoken critic of certain vaccines and has blasted the profession of psychiatry for pushing unsafe drugs on unsuspecting patients…’
In a letter circulated by Peter Gotzsche on 14th September 2018 he wrote:
‘As most people know, much of my work is not very favourable to the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry. Because of this Cochrane has faced pressure, criticism and complaints.
My expulsion is one of the results of these campaigns.
What is at stake is the ability of producing credible and trustworthy medical evidence that our
society values and needs.’
A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in
Cochrane. Peter C Gotzsche, Professor, Director, MD, DrMedSci, MSc, Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Dept 7811.
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