U overhauls Health Center ethics rules

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2010 - 11:28 PM

The policy -- which took effect Wednesday -- raises the bar against conflicts of interest with businesses.

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birdman5Aug. 5, 10 1:49 AM

Should overhaul its political science and journalism department. Grads come out of many universities like the U of M with a bias and ideological agenda and it has polluted news outlets across the nation. At one time in this country it was very hard to distinguish were journalists stood with their political views but this is a thing of the past. The general public is starving for news that is factual and not liberal based. The media has played a huge part in the shape this country is in. It is time that colleges and universities give our youth a broad spectrum of points of view and emphasize the importance of true journalism. What is taught at our universities has huge implications of what happens to this country years down the road. Citizens of this country that were born n the the 1930's, 1940's and 50s left a country to be proud of and the country in great shape for their children. The citizens of the 60s took this country in a different direction and transformed it into a society that abandoned hard work and solid moral standards. This has had a huge negative effect on society and it's future. We have political science instructors that once burned flags bombed public buildings killing innocent people and know are passing on their ideology of destructive socialists doctrines and stifle all that was good about this country for many years. Their basic believe is to divide and polarize this country by inflaming racists attitudes and hatred. The work hard ethic and government by the people for the people and a strong middle class they despise.

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meegwichAug. 5, 10 5:34 AM

Once again this policy does little to correct the problems that have plagued the University for years. Do you really think any dean is going to restrict some doctor from any commercial appearance or conference. It says NOTHING about how any of these so-called conflicts will be resolved. Only that they will be managed. Still accepting CME money but the U will control the information. What a farce.

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galaxy2010Aug. 5, 10 8:20 AM

Just weighing to say my care at the U has been 110% excellent and I have NEVER been pushed by my doctors to use drugs, a complete reversal of experience from the experience I had at Park Nicollet / Methodist. The doctors I've been treated by have all been most pleasant, thorough and extremely conservative when it comes to prescribing.

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galaxy2010Aug. 5, 10 8:24 AM

..."divide and polarize this country by inflaming racists attitudes and hatred." Birdman5, I'd say that is what you are doing with this ridiculously narrow minded and uninformed statement. Please, make yourself feel better and read some history.

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drpanglossAug. 5, 10 8:51 AM

Others have not been. From Covering Health: "For a story on ethical issues in a drug trial that may have contributed to a patient’s suicide, St. Paul Pioneer Press reporters Jeremy Olson [now at Strib] and Paul Tosto [now at MPR] earned the Minnesota Journalism Center’s Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award for excellence in investigative or analytical reporting about public affairs in the Twin Cities metro area. Through the eyes of grieving mother Mary Weiss, Tosto and Olson followed Dan Markingson’s schizophrenia diagnosis, his participation in a University of Minnesota clinical trial for AstraZeneca’s Seroquel and his eventual suicide in 2004. Markingson was diagnosed, treated and enrolled in the study by Dr. Stephen Olson, who also happened to be looking for hard-to-find patients with Markingson’s symptoms for the psychiatric drug trial he was running." It is for reasons like this that a COI policy at the U is long overdue. This is a start but we are far from finished. And of course the question of enforcement is crucial. Our last COI policy did not stop people from violating it egregiously, because of pitiful enforcement policies. Bill Gleason, U of M alum and faculty

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mockscrapeAug. 5, 10 9:47 AM

Maybe The University of Minnesota will eventually stop warehousing DNA secretly taken through the Department of Health from all the newborns of the underprivileged born in Minnesota.

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drpanglossAug. 5, 1010:08 AM

see: http://bit.ly/b7j5HY

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SupervonAug. 5, 1012:08 PM

25% of all revenue received externally paid to the DFL and nothing will ever be said.

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