Many Authors of Psychiatry “Bible” Have Industry Ties

The new diagnostic manual for the mental health community (DSM-5) offers guidance on how best to treat the spectrum of mental disorders. There is however significant concern that the spectrum is being broadened because of pharmaceutical industry pressures.


“Transparency alone can’t mitigate bias,” says Lisa Cosgrove of Harvard University, who along with Sheldon Krimsky of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, analysed the financial disclosures of 141 members of the “work groups” drafting the manual. They found that just as many contributors – 57 per cent – had links to industry as were found in a previous study of the authors of DSM-IV and an interim revision, published in 1994 and 2000 respectively.”

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