OK, so I received a journalism award from a major pharmaceutical company whose practices we may all question at times.  Does accepting this award mean that I am somehow "in" with the Big Pharma crowd, receiving perks left and right?  Hell no.

Yesterday I received the following email from a long-time reader:

You've been honest, forthright, and sincere in your weblog to date.  I will continue to read it so long as you maintain the journalistic credibility you have earned.

Hence, I feel you should fully disclose to your audience to what extent you are recompensed, both financially and with products.

And I do hope your efforts are rewarded.  You have earned your recompense, in my opinion.  I simply ask that you disclose it publicly.

Until I die, it's likely you and I will continue to share this hormone deficiency.  So I will continue to look forward to your insights.  Thank you for bringing so much knowledge to my life for so long.

Monty Right he is, of course, with regard to full disclosure.  Thus, FYI to all of DiabetesMine.com's friends, colleagues, supporters, and readers:

Until now, I have not received one single pennyfrom any pharma or medical device company for writing this blog, nor any free supplies whatsoever -- except a few glucose meter models that companies were distributing for promotional purposes at the ADA Conference or elsewhere. 
Winners of the LillyforLife(TM) Achievement Awards receive $1,500 each, which theyare encouraged to donate to charity.  I have chosen to donate $1,000 to Childrenwith Diabetes, and retain $500 to offset my publishing costs, and (outrageous) out-of-pocket CGMexpenses this year.  (Note that my income has shrunk drastically in the last 1.5 years since I've chosen to blog instead of taking paid writing assignments).

I do accept (selected) advertising here, and -- like any good publication -- am hoping to earn enough through that channel to at least break even.   

As I've stated before, if I don't have mycredibility, I ain't got nuthin' (except the diabetes of course...)
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