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No more free lunches

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:341

It is time we all grew up

  1. Simon Wessely, professor of epidemiology and liaison psychiatry (
  1. Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Biomedical Sciences, London SE1 8WA

    EDITOR—The dispiriting BMJ of 31 May uses acres of newsprint to state the obvious that pharmaceutical companies manufacture drugs and promote them to prescribers, who sometimes succumb to the blandishments.1

    I have received 53 research grants from 20 sources: research councils, government departments, and medical charities, with one from a pharmaceutical company. I have dealt with industry at many levels, as well as with people from various institutions that support …

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