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New York Times Finally "Gets It" about Device Development

The mainstream media tends to make a number of harmful assumptions when covering the device industry. These include: the corporate world's motives are inherently suspect, device development is no different from drug development, and any relationship between a doctor and a device company must constitute an insidious conflict of interest. In my experience, the New York Times has been the worst offender.

How refreshing, then, to read Barnaby Feder's lengthy wrap-up of last week's TCT conference. You can visualize the light bulbs going off in his head as his week of observation leads him to understand how the relationship between doctors and device companies really works, and why it's necessary. He still slips in a knee-jerk assumption from time to time, but for the most part he provides great detail about various safety, conflict of interest, and technological issues, and puts them in their proper context. Amazing what relying on actual reporting instead of unfounded assumptions will do. The Times needs to get its writers into the field more often.

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