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December 2017

Industry Influence in Dermatology Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Author Affiliations
  • 1Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, California
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(12):1219-1220. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4323

In his farewell address to the nation, in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about the rising influence of the military establishment and the arms industry. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists,” the President said, referring to the military-industrial complex, “and will persist.”1

Forty years after that speech, as I began my dermatology residency, another complex with potential for misplaced power was ascending: the dermatology-industrial complex. Topical calcineurin inhibitors for atopic dermatitis and biologic drugs for psoriasis had just arrived, and marketing efforts were—pardon the pun—on steroids.