Why I declined an invitation to a drug company seminarBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39350.454039.68 (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:887
- Murad Moosa Khan, professor of psychiatry, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
I was recently invited by a pharmaceutical company to a seminar in a five star hotel in Pakistan, where I live and work. The seminar was on mental health, and the company had invited a “foreign speaker” to talk on the subject.
I declined the invitation. These were the reasons I gave: “Thank you for your invitation which for ethical reasons I have to decline. I consider all interactions of physicians with pharmaceutical companies unethical and a cause of serious conflict of interest. I also do not accept any gifts, large or small, in any shape, form, or size from any drug company. I do not attend pharmaceutical company sponsored seminars (such as …