The Vaccine Reaction

I’m a doctor. My father’s a doctor. My colleagues are doctors. The people I train are doctors. Lots and lots of my friends are doctors. But that doesn’t mean that doctors sometimes are not blind to certain issues, like their own financial conflicts of interest. Sometimes we have to poke doctors with a stick. That’s how we show our love. When the Food and Drug Administration creates an advisory committee to help or decide whether to approve drugs, it often asks academic physicians to serve on the committees to serve as external experts. This is suppose to help the committee render judgments that are unbiased and scientific. Physicians can, therefore, hold a fair amount of sway in how decisions are made. One would hope that they’d be above reproach.