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Despite a current fad, medical companies should keep talking to doctors.
Thomas P. Stossel, M.D., City Journal Online, 5-27-08
A provider of outstanding patient care, the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has long been at the forefront of medical innovation, introducing liver transplants in the 1960s and, in the following decade, debunking the idea that mastectomy should be the default treatment for breast cancer. In many cases, UPMC physicians have fought deeply entrenched medical wisdom, applying the most rigorous, evidence-based science to achieve breakthroughs. However, a new policy restricting faculty interaction with private industry—based not on evidence but on anti-corporate ideology—has the potential to tarnish UPMC's distinguished record.
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