In reply: We thank Cole for her suggestions. We note the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Guidelines for ethical relationships between physicians and industry state: “Industry sponsorship to attend conferences ... should usually be restricted to those in which the professional anticipates active engagement ...
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Patients expect transparency in doctors’ relationships with the pharmaceutical industry
Martin H N Tattersall and Aneta Dimoska
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (8): 459-461.
Martin H N Tattersall, Professor of Cancer Medicine
Aneta Dimoska, Research Assistant, Medical Psychology Research Unit
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