Drug makers’ role in plan spurs debate – The state’s acceptance of drug company money has cast a cloud over an influential program that recommends how to treat the mentally ill.

Fort Worth Star Telegram

By MARK HORVIT

Steven Shon has done a lot of traveling in the past few years, spreading the word about the way Texas cares for its mentally ill.

In more than 80 out-of-state trips since 1997, he’s promoted treatment guidelines that include advice for doctors on which drugs to prescribe.

Often, the guidelines say the best medications are the newest and most expensive.

And often Shon’s trips have been paid for by the companies that make those drugs.

The trips, the guidelines they support and the more than $1 million that pharmaceutical companies have donated to the state for the program have spotlighted the thorny ethical landscape where industry money and patient care intertwine…

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