US campaign aims to end industry gifts, speaking fees, and travel for doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:385
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A new campaign will urge US doctors, academic medical centres, medical societies, and other healthcare organisations to work together to end the conflicts of interests that result from ties to companies that make drugs and medical devices.

    The campaign is funded by a two year, $6m (£3.1m; €4.6m) grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It will be organised by The Prescription Project, a new group working with Community Catalyst, a Boston healthcare advocacy group, and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University in New York (

    The campaign was sparked by an article last year in JAMA (2006;295:429-33), in which leading academics said, “More stringent regulation is necessary, including the elimination or modification of common …

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