Letters Freedom of information requests

Should requests always be free?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6694 (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6694
  1. Joanne Foo, rheumatology registrar, specialist trainee year 51,
  2. Andrew Gough, rheumatology consultant1
  1. 1Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate HG2 7SX, UK
  1. andrew.gough{at}hdft.nhs.uk

Both Christie and Breathnach and colleagues raise the important issue of freedom of information requests being used to obtain research data “for free.”1 2 The use of such requests has recently progressed to another level. We are now receiving requests for commercially valuable information on drug …

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