Below is a link to an article that appeared in the NYT today, with a second link to the latest from Senator Grassley.
This is not a new topic, but I have to say I am most sympathetic to the plight of the students and I really have to wonder about the over influence.
However, I do think there is some room for some formal arrangement between Med Schools/research facilities and Pharma. I am leaning to the Universities selling their research to Pharma and possibly partnering more with clinical trials and research. No one gets anything for free, hopefully this would do away with all the graft. People will get paid for work they do, not lobbying. Is there really any discernible difference between plying doctors with gifts/dinner, and other forms of "graft" and being paid and hired as a lobbyist? The Universites should decide who they sell their innovations/research to and for how much.
Hope Senator Grassley wins and gains even more momentum. We need to be assured that we are accessing top notch research and medical advice that is based on empiraclly credible data, from credible research conducted under strict ethical controls.
We need to keep corporations out of schools, Universities and hospitals. If they want to give us money, we need to earn it and/or sell TO them.
That's my two cents - what yours?