SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — John Roberts’ assertion that nurse practitioners play a “key role … throughout the health care system” is spot-on (“Physicians not the only avenue for primary care,” Aug. 26).
Unfortunately, the bill he lauds – the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Health Care – could harm those waiting for new cures.
Under the bill, all physicians and academic researchers who receive $50 or more from biopharmaceutical firms will have their names posted on the Internet.
While transparency is generally good, this suggests that there’s something wrong with these associations – even though the payments are neither illegal nor unethical.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are nearly 6,000 clinical trials being conducted in Massachusetts right now.
How many of the doctors already involved in trials might drop out, deciding that the unwanted public attention isn’t worth it?
And how many of the physicians and academic scientists residing here might decide that the Bay State’s research climate is too hostile?
Biopharmaceutical companies are in the business of developing life-saving and life-enhancing medicines – and they depend on the expertise of physicians and academic scientists.
This legislation unwisely cuts into that relationship.
SALLY C. PIPES
President & CEO
Pacific Research Institute
San Francisco, Calif.