Thomas P. Stossel, a staunch defender of industry/provider collaboration who testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging last summer, has published his latest salvo, called Unhealthy Opposition The value of academic-industry relationships
The value of academic-industry relationships, in the Boston Review. It's well worth a read, whichever side of the fence you reside on. Though he doesn't dwell too much on the CME angle and is fairly broad in his approach, I think he scores some good points.
(Thanks to Thomas Sullivan at Policy and Medicine for the pointer.)