to remind every one of some recent history!

………. WHO on planning for a flu pandemic had done paid work for drug firms that stood to gain from the guidance and that the agency had not declared these conflicts of interests

The WHO [World Health Organization] is / had been one of the [ few] independent health bodies in the world, I know about.
Having worked in the tropics I am aware of the various medical monographs edited by them, highly practical, trustful and useful such as about oral rehydration and the importance of counting the breathing frequency of sick children.
These monographs have often been ignored by the “richer” countries who thought that these simple ideas were not fitting them…I think!! [ the well-known arrogance of medical establishments]
It is therefore sad to realize that even this bastion of independence has tumbled down at least concerning their advice about certain vaccinations [ flu ] as published by the British Medical Journal [see below]
To their incredible credit I copy: WHO admits to “inconsistencies” in its policy on conflicts of interest


Published 15 June 2010, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3167
Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3167

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WHO admits to “inconsistencies” in its policy on conflicts of interest

Zosia Kmietowicz

1 London

The first 150 words of the full text of this article appear below.

The World Health Organization has admitted that its policies governing the publication of conflicts of interests of its expert advisors have “inconsistencies” and that safeguards “surrounding engagements with industry” need to be tightened.

The agency was responding to criticisms of its handling of the swine flu pandemic in an investigation by the BMJ and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and a report from the Council ofEurope published last week.

The joint BMJ and bureau investigation found that key scientists advising WHO on planning for a flu pandemic had done paid work for drug firms that stood to gain from the guidance and that the agency had not declared these conflicts of interests (BMJ2010;340:c2912, 3 Jun, doi:10.1136/bmj.c2912). In addition,the names of 16 members of the WHO “emergency committee” have been kept secret to outsiders, and as such their possible conflictsof interest with drug companies . . . [Full text of this article]