Letters Tackling conflicts of interest

Ban against industry ties introduces bias and obscures whole view

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5602 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5602
  1. Layla McCay, assistant medical director, Bupa1
  1. 1Bupa House, London WC1A 2BA, UK
  1. layla.mccay{at}bupa.com

By singling out industry ties,1 the BMJ proposes to systematically discriminate against a particular group of people without evidence based justification. This is concerning not only from an ethical perspective but also because it ignores the wider issue of conflicts of interest, introduces bias, deters productive collaborations, marginalises industry doctors rather than incentivising their academic and ethical rigour, and …

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