nbruce writes “Bias in information gathering is a fact of life, something we all need to remember when evaluating sources. â€œA plea for biased information,â€? by Thomas A. M. Kramer, MD in Medscape General Medicine 6(1), 2004 points out that â€œCollecting information from pharmaceutical representatives. .
Should doctors shut out the drug rep when evaluating drug choices? Should pharmaceutical companies be denied the opportunity to sponsor CME classes for doctors? The author concludes, â€œ. . . we must be involved with the pharmaceutical industry because these people make the drugs. If we don’t work with them, not only will we destructively protect our ignorance, we will abdicate any influence on the process of drug development and marketing. The history of the human race is replete with examples of the danger of isolating ourselves from information and institutions because we are frightened of being influenced.â€?”