GET­TING ON BOARD

Modern Healthcare - - Special Report - Source: Mod­ern Health­care re­port­ing

Physi­cian ad­vi­sory boards can present eth­i­cal pit­falls for physi­cians and com­pa­nies. Here are some is­sues ex­perts say doc­tors and

pri­vate firms should con­sider when join­ing or form­ing them

When eval­u­at­ing an of­fer to join a board, doc­tors should con­sider:

What is the real mo­ti­va­tion for the re­quest? Is the physi­cian re­ally knowl­edge­able enough to be asked to give ad­vice about a prod­uct? Does the level of com­pen­sa­tion seem fair? How would a pa­tient or an em­ployer re­act upon learn­ing of the com­pen­sa­tion? Is the com­pany will­ing to hear ad­verse in­for­ma­tion the same as they will pos­i­tive opin­ions? Will the com­pany ask the physi­cian to write ar­ti­cles or speak pub­licly about a prod­uct? Is the ther­apy un­der re­view go­ing to ad­vance medicine, or is it a “me-too” prod­uct in­tended to steer prof­its?

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