In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Lisa Parker on her research about how drug companies influence DTC (Drug and Therapeutic Committee) decisions at hospitals in Australia. She describes who is part of a DTC and what it does, conflicts of interest with industry, ways DTCs try to decrease industry's influence and the things drug companies do to get around those mitigation efforts. Finally, she makes suggestions for improving the system.
Dr. Parker is a honorary senior lecturer in the school of Pharmacy at The University of Sydney and on the faculty of medicine and health. Her research focuses on public health ethics and policy, specifically the influence of values, evidence and industry on healthcare policy. She is also a practicing clinician and works in the field of oncology.
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