University of Toronto Students Misled by Big Pharma

The Toronto Star reports on a study that found University of Toronto medical school students are being routinely misled about the enormous influence of pharmaceutical companies on their educational programs.

As Canada’s opioid addiction epidemic took root, students at one of the country’s most prestigious medical schools were receiving “potentially dangerous information” about the use of these drugs, a new study claims.

The lectures were supported by the pharmaceutical companies that market opioids in Canada, the guest lecturer was a member of the speakers’ bureau of the pharmaceutical companies and a free reference book, published by one of the drug firms, was distributed free.

But these conflicts of interest were not fully disclosed to students…

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