GETTING ON BOARD
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?