American Medical Association Targets Television Doctors

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

The American Medical Association (AMA) has taken a strong stance against doctors accused of giving bogus advice to millions of television viewers. Dr. Oz, who has his own television show with four million daily viewers, has become the most recent and public target of the AMA.

AMA members are expected to create ethical guidelines for practitioners of medicine who are also mass media personalities. In addition to ethical guidelines, the AMA will write a report on how to handle “media doctors” who peddle poor medical information.

Dr. Oz has been criticized by the British Medical Journal, which uncovered evidence that half of the medical recommendations on his show had no scientific evidence of working.

Other critics of Dr. Oz, such as the Federal Trade Commission, have accused the television personality of using his talk show to sell products, instead of giving medical information that might help people. In one case, a company featured on Dr. Oz pushed diet pills that did absolutely nothing for consumers. The company selling the pills settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $3.5 million.

After a buildup of accusations and criticism, ten prominent doctors from around the U.S. have called on Columbia University to oust the doctor from his position as vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Is The American Medical Association Correct To Target “Bogus Medical Advice”?

When doctors give bogus medical information to patients, there is a possibility they could be harmed. In this case, it is possible people in need of weight loss will neglect exercise and dieting in favor of products that will do very little if anything to help them regain a healthy lifestyle. Obesity can lead to heart disease, a leading cause of death in the United States.

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