Letters Journals and drug industry funded research

Evidence on industry influence should be in the core medical curriculum

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1390 (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1390
  1. Ben Goldacre, research fellow1
  1. 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
  1. ben.goldacre{at}lshtm.ac.uk

Smith and colleagues all agree that the drug industry can mislead doctors and distort medical practice, but they disagree on how to police the problem.1

One important option has been oddly neglected. The extensive research evidence documenting industry’s influence on medical practice should be a core feature of all curriculums for medical school and membership exams.

Our current model is to give trainees …

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