As a Canadian I have always been a bit envious of Americans for their physician social networking sites like Sermo and Web MD. Thousands of like-minded physicians in a confidential, doctor-only site who can exchange ideas without the prying eyes of government and pharma and with somewhat less worry about patient confidentiality. A recent article in Newsweek (via DB's Medical Rants) has cast doubt on all of that. It appears that these sites are now selling information gleaned from these sites to the pharmaceutical industry. I guess it's only normal in that these sites are businesses and have to find a way to make the whole endeavour profitable, but it sure takes away much of it's allure.