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Doctors behaving badly?

Hans Peter Dietz
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (11): 673.
Published online: 4 December 2006

A recent editorial discussed the issue of interactions between doctors and pharmaceutical companies (MJA 2006; 185: 299-300). The reactions ranged from agreement to offence.

To the Editor: I would like to congratulate Tattersall and Kerridge on their recent editorial covering the issue of industry influence in medical education.1 Like the authors, I was dismayed on seeing the Australian Medical Association statement to the press regarding the recently revised Australian Competition and Consumer Commission guidelines for disclosure of industry support. Industry supports medical education because it pays, and we would be well advised to remain aware of this basic fact.

  • Hans Peter Dietz

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: hpdietz@bigpond.com

Competing interests:

I have received speakers’ fees from GE Medical Systems and American Medical Systems.

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