Taken from this story, all about doctors ties to the Pharmaceutical Industry:
Even worse were the guys that decide what the cholesterol/statin guidelines are:The Canadian Diabetes Association, the other Canadian specialty organization included in the study, released practice guidelines in 2008. At the time, 73 members of its 93-member panel had industry ties. The Canadian Diabetes Association was not available for comment.
Overall, of 14 sets of guidelines reviewed, Canadians had an 83% conflict of interest rate for panel members, vs. only 58% for Americans.The Canadian Cardiovascular Society, a 2,000-member medical specialty society whose mandate is, among others, to promote cardiovascular health and care through knowledge translation, had the highest prevalence of conflict among organizations included in the study. Every one of their 23 panel members had a conflict of interest — three of which were not declared — at the time the society published its 2009 practice guidelines for high cholesterol.