Australasian college of physicians sacks its ethics committee

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6242
  1. David Brill
  1. 1Sydney

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has sacked its own ethics committee just days after the committee produced strict new guidelines on doctors’ ties to industry.

The college has also provoked an outcry by refusing to release its guidelines for public consultation, opting for an internal process instead.

The draft Guidelines for Ethical Relationships Between Health Professionals and Industry had strengthened the already tough, pro-transparency stance of previous editions. Among its recommendations it labelled doctors’ use of drug samples and starter packs as “inappropriate,” it said, given that these were “primarily a marketing exercise.”

The draft guidance also explicitly called on …

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