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FDA Warns Cosmetic Doctor about Promoting Anti-Wrinkle Drug before FDA Approval; Unbiased Information on Skin Care a Precious Resource Says SkinTour.com
Date:5/5/2010

smetic companies, and was a clinical investigator for Medicis, the marketer of Dysport.

In August 2008, 29 prominent dermatologists and plastic surgeons gave presentations at one of the best-known conferences on cosmetic laser dermatology, Controversies and Conversations in Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, at Whistler, British Columbia. Each presenter was required to identify potential conflicts of interest by disclosing relationships with companies from whom they receive something of "value."

How many of the 29 doctors had potential conflicts of interest because they were receiving something of "value" from a cosmetic company?

 
  • 28 out of the 29 doctors had relationships with cosmetic companies that give them something of "value;"
  • 17 of the doctors received something of "value" from four or more companies;
  • 6 of the doctors had potential conflicts with over 10 companies;
  • One of the doctors began her oral presentation by saying, in a joking fashion, "Oh, we have to disclose our relationships with companies now, but I pretty much take money from everyone."
Dr. Fredric Brandt is another well-known dermatologist and author. On Feb. 1 of this year, the New York Times reported that he is an investigator and consultant for:

 
  • Medicis, the dis
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