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BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 24 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5816

Protests mount against transfer of responsibility for drugs in Europe: A group of 28 European organisations have written to Jean-Claude Juncker, president elect of the European Commission, urging him to reconsider plans to move responsibility for health technology, pharmaceuticals, and the European Medicines Agency away from the commission’s health directorate to its industry counterpart. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, and Bruno Toussaint, director of the French publication Prescrire, have written to Juncker, describing the move as a “major step backwards” that puts corporate interests above those of …

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