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Letters Contract research organisations

Truly independent research is impossible

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1881
  1. Mohamed Sakel, director, research and development1
  1. 1East Kent University Hospitals Trust, Dover CT17 0HD
  1. mohamed.sakel{at}

    Lenzer is perhaps a bit harsh on contract research organisations (CROs).1 “Total independence” by all parties involved in clinical trials is a utopia. The belief system of the clinicians and academics, the “publish or perish culture” and research assessment exercise of universities, the drive to increase research activities by healthcare organisations, to …

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