American Cancer Society Exec Out Following Criticism of Corporate Partnerships
Dr. Otis W. Brawley, the long-serving Chief Medical Officer and EVP of the American Cancer Society (ACS), resigned from his post last week because of "his dismay over some commercial partnerships" that the organization had made recently. The NYT reports that Brawley had become uncomfortable with ACS’ growing reliance on donations from businesses with questionable health credentials. Some of the partnerships that have come under scrutiny include Long John Silver’s, the seafood chain known for its batter-fried fish; Tilted Kilt, a sports pub showcasing “Kilt Girls” in skimpy red plaid; and Herbalife International, who in a 2016 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, paid $200 million and restructured to settle charges that it deceived customers selling the product into thinking they could make a substantial income doing so. ACS has had to rely more on corporate partnerships for funding as its fundraising has gone down every year since 2007. Brawley told the NYT that he could not discuss the terms of his departure, but others at ACS said he had also expressed concerns the society’s program to make cancer drugs available at lower cost in Africa and its administration. More here.