What do you think abt Drug companies sponsoring "research" and events?

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   Posted 11/21/2008 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I've noticed that these "New advances in UC/CD" events from different CD/UC organizations are all sponsored by the pharmecutical companies that make the drugs.
I mean, I know you have to be discserning about all the info they espouse and take what applies to you, but how accurate or helpful is the research and info session if its really a plug for the drug?

What do you think?

Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Reduced to 2tabs 2x a day. Soon had a very mild flare. Upped to 6 tabs 2x a day. Rowasa enemas nightly. Soon replacing that with Cortifoam (generic). Dr. says it's like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun....
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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Like you said, one has to be aware of conflict-of-interest. Why can UC patients in the UK, Europe, & Australia get mesalamine foam enemas, which are still not being marketed in North America? Could the U.S. drug companies be worried about competition for their pricey suppositories? That's just one example that bugs me in particular. Thanks for bringing this subject up, :) --! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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