Why doctor-drugmaker collaborations are healthy

05/10/2013 | Atlantic online, The

Partnerships between doctors and drug companies are frequently dismissed as a profit-driven arrangement, but "we should strive to cultivate, not demonize, these sorts of interactions," writes Dr. David A. Shaywitz. Drug companies work on life-changing and life-saving treatments, and to do so, they need access to the expertise of the best researchers as well as practicing clinicians, who understand the needs of patients, said Shaywitz. "We're taught to distrust the physicians and university researchers who consult the most with industry, yet it's often these experts who are the smartest scientists or the most experienced clinicians -- that's why companies seek them out," added Shaywitz.

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