Letters Drug company suspension

UK response to serial drug company misdemeanour—no action, no shame

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4022 (Published 26 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4022
  1. Alain Braillon, senior consultant,
  2. John H Noble Jr, emeritus professor, SUNY/Buffalo,
  3. Susan Bewley, professor of women’s health
  1. 1University Hospital, 80000 Amiens, France
  2. 2Georgetown, TX 78633, USA
  3. 3Women’s Health Academic Centre, King’s College, London, UK
  1. braillon.alain{at}gmail.com

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has suspended Astellas for inviting more than 100 clinicians to a sham “educational event” meeting in Milan. How is Astellas’s recidivist record ignored by so many professionals who continue to take up invitations? Why this relative inertia of …

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