Free Online CME – Drug Dealers’ Propaganda
Posted by Colin Rose on July 26, 2008
Here is a classical example of “free” online CME (Continuing Medical Education) funded by drug dealers and given legitimacy by association with presumably ethical institutions, like “prestigious educational institutes”. Doctors have to accumulate CME credits to maintain their licenses, so they are obliged to look at this propaganda. It seems doctors don’t make enough to pay for their own continuing education and have to depend upon the drug dealers to keep them informed. Shed a tear.
How much is McGill paid to allow it’s logo on this propaganda? McGill is a publicly chartered and funded institution. One should be able to find out but good luck.
Both members of the “Planning Committee” are compromised by financial connection to one or more drug dealers.
David Fitchett is particularly notorious for multiple connection to drug dealers.
But Dr. Fitchett is labeled an “expert”. What has Dr. Fitchett ever done, any more than any other graduate of a medical school, to be considered and expert? I have no idea.
Watch a medical terrorist in action. Take that “powerful” statin to reach “target”, get that muscle pain. If you don’t you will die.
We are advised that “…it is unlikely that lipid targets can be achieved in the absence of pharmacological therapy” and we are given references for these targets. Who sets these targets, anyway? You haven’t guessed by now? In Canada it’s the “Working Group“, all of whom have financial connections with multiple drug dealers and who are chosen to be the conduits of divine revelation by groups like the Canadian Cardiovascular Society that get most of its funding from drug dealers.
And those “resources”? Again, paid for by drug dealers.
So, what appears on the surface to be a scientifically legitimate educational exercise turns out to be propaganda funded by drug dealers at multiple levels. Drug dealers pay doctors and their organizations to promote “targets” for blood cholesterol, pay “prestigious” institutions for their approval, pay for the web sites, like mdbriefcase, for CME to promote measurement of blood cholesterol and drugs to lower it and doctors must read it to keep their qualifications. What a wonderful marketing machine! And it’s all legal. But what happened to medical professionalism?