Medical Ethics

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What would you do in the shoes of a doctor? Doctors have a clear and unequivocal obligation to blow the whistle in cases like that of the Johnson & Johnson product Articular Surface Replacement. In this case, the doctors were paid consultants. If I were a paid consultant, it would completely alter my perspective on the case. I might also succumb to peer pressure or to fear that blowing the whistle would hurt my practice. The continued relationships with companies like Johnson & Johnson can prove highly lucrative in the long run. As a human being, I could be tempted by greed as well as the need to preserve my reputation as a medical doctor. Other reasons why I might be tempted to remain silent include what Meier (2013) points out as the sense of loyalty that develops between the doctor and the company executives who have taken me out to dinner and bought me gifts. I might have signed a contract with Johnson & Johnson, too. A contract might have made whistleblowing an act that could lead in a lawsuit that could cost a lot of money and even my whole practice. Whistleblowers are not treated well. As Meier (2013) points out in the case study, at least a few doctors were directly harmed by blowing the whistle on Johnson & Johnson over the faulty hip replacement. Knowing this, I might be frightened into submission, especially if I had a legal contract with Johnson & Johnson. Doctors have practices and reputations to preserve, so it is understandable that some might be too worried
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