A BMJ report revealed that 55 of the doctors on panels deciding diagnoses and treatments for the “bible” of psychiatric disorders had undisclosed industry ties totaling millions. The authors of the report said such conflicts of interest distort care guidelines and erode public trust.
Fifty-five of the U.S. doctors who helped decide what diagnoses and treatments were included in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) main diagnostic manual received more than $14 million in undisclosed industry funding, a special report in The BMJ revealed.
According to The BMJ:
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association standardizes symptom criteria and codifies psychiatric disorders. This manual plays a central role in the approval of new psychiatric drugs and the extension of patent exclusivity, and it can influence payers and mental health professionals who seek third party reimbursements.”

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