If they had asked, they may have learned that Physicians Against Drug Shortages Executive Director Philip Zweig has been employed by and has direct financial ties to medical device manufacturing companies.
Doctors and others affiliated with Physicians Against Drug Shortages certainly have a right to present their point of view. But are media outlets doing enough to allow readers to evaluate the veracity of op-eds, guest columnists, media pundits and quoted “experts”?
Quotes by Physicians Against Drug Shortages spokespersons and op-ed bios by its members provide little in the way of details about the group. In a couple opinion pieces, PADS members describe themselves as executive director or co-chairs of a “pro bono patient advocacy group.”