The latest dust up occurred this month as PBS aired a three-part series called
‘The Mysterious Human Heart.’ As Roy Poses at Health Care Renewal notes,
Medtronic and AstraZeneca were two of three corporate sponsors. And not only do
those companies sell heart-related products - defibrillators and cholesterol
meds, respectively - but both have had troubles with those same products. Yet as
one viewer wrote Mike Getler, the PBS ombudsman, “viewers are never told about
potential problems with those devices….or possible financial ties between the
series’ on-camera experts” and the two companies.
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