Letters Drug trials in general practice

Time for a quality check before recruiting patients

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39262.476921.3A (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:7
  1. Knut A Holtedahl, professor1,
  2. Eivind Meland, professor2
  1. 1Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway
  2. 2University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  1. knutarne.holtedahl{at}ism.uit.no

    In Norway, through our work in a general practice research committee under the Norwegian Medical Association, we have been involved in a voluntary arrangement with pharmaceutical companies where we evaluate research projects initiated by the industry and recruit general practitioners to find patients.1 Our committee makes recommendations to Norwegian general practitioners about whether a project is a real research project rather than marketing camouflaged as research.

    However, after we criticised some projects …

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