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New Study Questions Experts' Independence

Thursday, April 20, 2006

In a study published today in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, researchers found that over half of the 170 experts that review and revise our nation's key mental health manual had undisclosed ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

All of the experts on the panel that work on the mood and psychotic disorders sections had ties to the drug industry.

Because doctors must use codes listed in this manual to diagnose patients and provide information to health insurance companies, anyone who has input into its contents should be free from even the perception, let alone the pursestrings, of drug companies. Read more in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune or USA Today.


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