A colleague of mine recently posted a link to this article, but I also thought it was a pertinent read. I actually couldn’t agree more. Health departments need to collaborate with industry and clinician experts to improve health outcomes and patient safety. Time to get out of the silos and listen to experts that don’t always work within healthcare departments.
“The big public health problems that humanity faces today — including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and metabolic and infectious disease — will not be solved by either sector working in a silo. But the interface between the two has never been more tense. Legitimate concerns over conflict of interest that have resulted in overly extreme preventative policies are a central cause. It is time for all parties to revisit those policies and replace them with rules that recognize both true conflicts and true confluences of interest. They are essential to forging the strong collaborations that are worthy of society’s trust.”