Glaxo is going to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. This seems like a pretty stupid idea, to me, but I don’t run GSK so what do I know?
What I do know is that this is messed up (these are the words of the NYT writer):
effectively ending two common industry practices that critics have long assailed as troublesome conflicts of interest.
Conflict of interest? What?!?!?!?
There is no conflict of interest FOR Glaxo in Glaxo giving doctors money to use their products. The conflict is for the doctors and the government officials who accept the money. It shouldn’t be Glaxo that is apologizing. If anybody is to be apologizing (and I don’t really think anybody should be) it should be the doctors and the government officials. It’s those doctors and government officials who are being “corrupted” by Glaxo payouts.
There are doctors in Evolve who accept kickbacks and favors from the Consortium for the Advancement of Genetic Engineering. It is their patients who suffer. It is the doctors who have the conflict of interest, not the company.