I’m not sure if you’re aware but there’s been a debate going on over some posts I’ve been making about Charities and their links (or not) to drug companies.
The posts are noted below and the main debate has been going on in the comments of ‘What a tangled web we weave’ involving some of the interested parties:
I only mention this as today on the BBC news website I read:
Concerns have been raised about the links between pharmaceutical firms and charity patient groups by the body that advises the NHS on which drugs to use.
Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, said charities had to be wary of pharmaceutical donations.
And he urged charities to question the cost of drugs more. But patient groups said there were strict guidelines covering such donations by the drugs industry.
Sir Michael said: “Patient organisations need to think very carefully about why pharmaceutical companies are giving them money and they have to make sure they are not beholden to a pharmaceutical company.
“I have yet ever to hear a patient organisation criticise a price of the drug. When they do that they will come into their own.”
In my opinion the problems go much deeper than the simple worry that patient organisations might become beholden to pharmaceutical companies.