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February 15, 2008

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As a family member of someone who has gotten money from two of the big formula companies, I can honestly say that it hasn't given him a bias. Yet, his compensation came from giving speeches or producing a product for the companies.

I do agree with you that their conclusion is odd given that another perfectly plausible one exists.

Might a letter to the editor of the journal be appropriate?

I agree with you in principle - though I don't think that everyone who's ever had any association with formula (or pharma) companies is necessarily biased, these associations should be made public when posting such an article, and some of these authors have more than a casual relationship with some of those companies. But before you start 'officially' complaining, at least go to the effort of getting the full-text article and follow their argument and references. It may be more convincing than it initially appears...and let me read it too,OK? :D

I agree with you in principle - though I don't think that everyone who's ever had any association with formula (or pharma) companies is necessarily biased, these associations should be made public when posting such an article, and some of these authors have more than a casual relationship with some of those companies. But before you start 'officially' complaining, at least go to the effort of getting the full-text article and follow their argument and references. It may be more convincing than it initially appears...and let me read it too,OK? :D

Oh, I read the full text -- see second paragraph above.

Hmmm, That was an "interesting" comment -- one shouldn't comment unless they've read the whole post (carefully) either!! Sometimes I stop writing in mid-comment to make sure I read correctly ... oh well, but I guess that's just me, the dissertation writing almost Ph.D. scholar ;-).

Thanks for this post. I most definitely miss the meaty, nearly academic posts from the old blog and rejoice when they appear here once in a while!

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