Assn. Caught In Logo Use Scandal
A group of
dermatologists, including Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman, director
emeritus of the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New
York City, has called the American Academy of Dermatologys
(AAD) Seal of Recognition program a shocking conflict of
The AADs Seal of
Recognition program, charges companies thousands of dollars
for the simple privilege of displaying the academy's logo on
sun-protection products. Similar to a scandal involving the
American Medical Association in the late 1990s, companies
must pay a $10,000 fee per product to apply for the logo and
an additional $10,000 annual fee per product to use
Dr. Ackerman, as
quoted in the Dermatology Times, is firmly against the
program. "I am revolted by it," he says. "The patient should
never be used as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement by either
an individual physician or an association of
Peter C. Lombardo, M.D., made similar comments to the Times.
"I am very much against it. I think it has no value
whatsoever," he says. "The (academy) does not have an
independent testing organization that tests one product
against the other and finds out which deserves the Seal of
Recognition. And they accept the data from whatever company
is willing to pay the fee."
This scandal is
further evidence of the incestuous and unethical
relationships between the dermatological community and the
skin care industry, says Sarah Longwell communications
director for the Indoor Tanning Association. Im surprised
the AAD didnt learn their lesson on this issue from the
American Medical Association. When medical groups engage in
pay-for-play, it negates whatever credibility they had in
the first place.
info from Indoor
Tanning Association press release and Yahoo News
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