"As Gardiner Harris reported in The Times last week, one drug company invited doctors to a weekend training session in Orlando, Fla., to learn how to give marketing lectures to other doctors for an asthma medicine. The enticement was free airfare, a rental car and hotel room, plus a $2,700 stipend."
Enticement? How about covering travel expenses and professional time. As for the allegation that docs were "influenced". Where is the data and where is the evidence of patient harm.
Since Americans now get their information on health from major media outlets I would propose another registry: A list of all reporters who get bonuses for writing articles that "break" stories that affect people's perception of public health institutions or drug safety. It would be wrong, wrong, wrong for the New York Times or any paper to reward a reporter with a cash bonus for writing an article just because it caused a ruckus on public health matters, say for instance, an article about the financial ties of the advisory committees for the FDA. I mean a financial reward for an article on financial ties shaping decisions. I mean that would be so hypocritical as to be....ironic.
The Times should just clean it's own house or tend to it's own garden.