Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry: time for a national policy?

Jennifer H Martin, Christopher Beer, Raymond G Morris and Matthew P Doogue
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02741.x
Published online: 3 August 2009

To the Editor: We share Millar’s concerns about the conflicts of interest that influence the genesis and adoption of clinical guidelines1 specifically, and the lack of independent assessment regarding information provided by the pharmaceutical industry generally. Iain Chalmers puts it succinctly:

  • Jennifer H Martin1
  • Christopher Beer2
  • Raymond G Morris3
  • Matthew P Doogue4

  • 1 Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing, Perth, WA.
  • 3 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA.


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