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Canadian doctors admit earning thousands in trial recruitment fees

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b951 (Published 06 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b951
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    Several Canadian doctor have admitted, on condition of anonymity, that they earn tens of thousands of dollars each year by recruiting patients for clinical trials.

    The doctors made the revelation in the current issue of the journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ doi:10.1503/cmaj.090131). The news article, part of a series on clinical trials that CMAJ will run throughout 2009, says that many doctors are increasingly concerned about the pressure to commercialise research, raising potential conflicts of interest and, for some, ethical quandaries about receiving such money.

    One doctor admitted that he was paid …

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