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Peter Doshi

Peter Doshi is an associate editor at The BMJ and on the News & Views team. Based in Baltimore, he is also an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on policies related to drug safety and effectiveness evaluation in the context of regulation, evidence-based medicine, and debates over access to data. Doshi also has strong interests in journalism as a vehicle for encouraging better practice and improving the research enterprise. Since 2009, Doshi has worked on a Cochrane systematic review of neuraminidase inhibitors for influenza. This review has developed innovative methods for evaluating regulatory information including clinical study reports. Doshi completed a fellowship in comparative effectiveness research at Johns Hopkins and received his Ph.D. in history, anthropology, and science, technology and society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Competing interests

© I have the following interests to declare:


Being academically involved in research on various topics of interest to The BMJ, I personally know many authors who submit papers to The BMJ. I try to minimise potential biases by being open and transparent about the potential conflict of interest, seeking advice of others as to the best way to address any potential conflict of interest, and recusing myself from working on certain papers. Being an academic researcher separate to my editorial role at BMJ, I may also submit papers to The BMJ as an author. For such papers, I work to ensure that I am not involved in decision making related to the editorial process.

(Past) Between 2011 and 2014 I was funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme for work on a Cochrane review of neuraminidase inhibitors ( Works from this project have been published in The BMJ. The NIHR’s funding of this project ended around June 2014.

(Past) In 2012, I received €1500 from the European Respiratory Society in support of my travel to the society’s September 2012 annual congress in Vienna, where I gave an invited talk on oseltamivir.

(Past and ongoing) I have accepted necessary and reasonable paid-for travel, meals, daily subsistence costs, and accommodation from meeting organisers only when the organisation is a not-for-profit one. As of 2014, this includes the European Respiratory Society, Yale University (YODA), Institute of Medicine, and Drug Information Association.

(Past) In 2014, I received a $1000 honorarium, plus meals and hotel accommodation from Des Moines University for an invited lecture on access to clinical trial data.

(Past) In 2015, I declined to serve as an expert witness in a legal case involving the non-use of oseltamivir within the next year. The case does not (or did not) involve the drug’s manufacturer. (This item is being listed because in a previous version of this form I indicated that I was considering serving as an expert witness in this case.)

(Ongoing) Between 2015 and 2016, I received $5000 from Johns Hopkins University for my involvement in a PCORI funded research grant to compare data from multiple sources (ME-1303-5785; PI: K. Dickersin).


(Past) I received a 2015 New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy which provides my university (University of Maryland) with $10,000 to fund a PhD student to work on research on how the potential harms of statins are conveyed in drug labeling and pharmacy leaflets. An additional $1000 supported two PhD students travel to the AACP Annual Meeting.

(Ongoing) Since 2014, I have been employed by the University of Maryland ( and was previously employed by Johns Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All three of these are large research universities that have numerous financial relationships with entities that may have an interest in what is published in The BMJ.

Unpaid positions (current)

(Ongoing) Since 2016, I have been an unpaid member of the IMEDS steering committee at the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, which focuses on drug safety.

Declaration update, December 2017

(Past) In 2017, I received a $500 honorarium from the Office of Research Integrity (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) for speaking on a panel on open science at the Quest conference.

(Ongoing) I am the principal investigator of a RIAT Support Center, which is funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. This funding is for three years and supports my salary at the University of Maryland.