Letters Tackling conflicts of interest

Two reasons to be cautious when considering bans on industry ties

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5606 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5606
  1. Richard Smith, director, UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative1
  1. 1London SW4 0LD, UK
  1. richardswsmith{at}yahoo.co.uk

I don’t want to venture an opinion on whether the BMJ should publish editorials only from those who seem to have no “ties to industry,”1 but I want to contribute two thoughts.

Firstly, a chapter in a book on conflicts of interest that I’m reviewing for the BMJ describes the evolution of universities from …

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