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Big Pharma funds opioid training. What could go wrong?
University of Washington medical school professor Dr. Mark Sullivan tried to include information on tapering off opioids. His funding was cut.
A Mother Jones investigation found that many federally required physician training programs on opioids, including those affiliated with prestigious universities and professional organizations such as Johns Hopkins University and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, are backed by a conglomerate of extended-release opioid-makers, including Purdue Pharma, Pfizer, Endo, and Janssen. Dr. Mark Sullivan, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the UW School of Medicine, said he tried to incorporate information about tapering off opioids and using non-pharmacological options into his course, but “that was not what we were being paid to do.” His funding of $600,000 was cut.