The List: Yes, there are industry-independent health care experts

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The List: Yes, there are industry-independent health care experts

If anyone ever says that he or she can’t find an industry-independent expert for a news story or for an FDA committee, they just haven’t looked hard enough.

For 9 years, have hosted what is, to the best of our knowledge, a one-of-a-kind list of health care industry-independent experts.

Now that list has been revised, with new names, removing even more excuses for those who, in the past, published news stories with only conflicted sources or filled committees with only industry-funded members.

The credit for building this list goes to investigative journalist and associate editor for The BMJ, Jeanne Lenzer, and Shannon Brownlee, senior VP of the Lown Institute, who first started the list in 2007.  Back then, they wrote about it on Slate and in The BMJ. Gary Schwitzer helped review applicants, review journalists’ requests, and manage the list, along with Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, of Georgetown University Medical Center and the project.

In this audio podcast. you can hear Lenzer and Brownlee talk about the history of the list, what first inspired them to start it, what they have tried to do with it, and why the list is also important for the general public, news consumers, health care consumers and patients.

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