Stronger sanctions needed against companies that suppress data

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:132
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    “Suppression of science is not an anomaly but is typical of, and produced by, the current economic, political, and social situation, and that is—money talks. It is the system; it is not just a few bad apples,” Dr David Egilman, a professor of medicine at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, told a conference this week.

    Although money was important, there were also other forces at work, he said. “It is broader than money, it's ideology and power. Ideology is a much larger bias than money—much harder to ferret out and think through,” he added.

    His words found a ready audience among those attending the one day conference Conflicted $cience: Corporate and …

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