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Beyond conflict of interest: maybe wrong questions are being asked

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:686
  1. Jon Drucker (, medical librarian
  1. Wilmington, DE 19806, USA

    EDITOR—Lenzer reports that scandals have eroded the US public's confidence in the drug industry.1 Although we should be shocked over the tangled fiduciary relations between the cholesterol guideline authors and Big Pharma, we should also examine how the underlying research was funded. Beyond the overt conflicts of interest among eight of nine authors …

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