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Letters Key opinion leaders

Thus are our medical meetings managed

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a789
  1. Adriane Fugh-Berman, associate professor
  1. 1Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, 20057, USA
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    Outraged key opinion leaders will undoubtedly protest that their opinions are unaffected by industry honorariums and hospitality.1 In some cases this is true. According to an anonymous industry insider interviewed by a publicly funded project I direct (, academic physicians are tracked by industry from early in their careers. Promising young faculty are invited …

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