Letters Web of industry, advocacy, and academia

Medical schools should prohibit financial ties between individual academics and industry

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4301 (Published 11 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4301
  1. Paolo Vercellini, associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, and Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, 20122 Milan, Italy
  1. paolo.vercellini{at}unimi.it

The web of financial interests involving industry, advocacy, and academia in the management of osteoporosis described by Grey and Bolland is typical in many medical specialties.1 2 However, the ethical implications for each component of the web are different. Industry is a private enterprise, its goal is profit, and its managers are accountable to shareholders. Advocacy organisations are morally …

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