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Letters Key opinion leaders

How it really works

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a788
  1. Bernard J Carroll, consultant
  1. 1Pacific Behavioral Research Foundation, PO Box 223040, Carmel, CA 93922-3040, USA
  1. bcarroll{at}

    Buckwell pleads for an idealised state of transparent relations between the industry and key opinion leaders.1 The reality is different. Here is a description from an internationally recognised clinical scientist about his experience with the industry. I respect his confidentiality and that of the corporation. My colleague’s experience is not atypical.

    “When [the company] first began trumpeting the success of [their drug], I …

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