An Ethical Debate Financial ties as part of informed consent to postmarketing research: Into a British contextBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1661 (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1661
- R E Ferner, directora
- a West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting, City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH
The study by La Puma et al considers two questions of ethical and practical importance: should doctors be paid for recruiting patients to postmarketing surveillance studies, and should patients be informed about a doctor's financial incentives for recruiting them?
The doctors and the patients held somewhat different views. Most patients thought that their doctors should not receive a fee, while most doctors thought it acceptable. The differences were partly of degree—patients judged that a reward could be $10, but doctors thought that $100 was reasonable. A majority of both groups believed that potential subjects should be told of financial incentives. …