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WMA sets rules on how doctors handle industry sponsorship

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:876
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The World Medical Association has published its first guidelines on how doctors should handle their relationship with commercial enterprises.

    The guidelines, which cover medical conferences, gifts, research, and affiliations, are a bid to satisfy the public's demands for greater transparency in doctors' relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.

    In a statement issued at its annual general assembly this week in Tokyo the World Medical Association acknowledged that industry support helps doctors carry out medical research, attend scientific conferences, and learn about new medical developments. But conflicts of interest occur when commercial …

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