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Doctors’ group files legal charges against nine French doctors

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2347
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

    A doctors’ organisation has filed legal charges against nine French “key opinion leaders” for allegedly failing to disclose their ties to drug manufacturers. The nine doctors are considered top authorities on a range of subjects, from menopause and diabetes care to Alzheimer’s disease.

    The doctors’ group that filed the charges, Formindep (Formation Independante), is a non-profit organisation based in Roubaix, France, that promotes independent medical information. They filed the charges with the French professional authority, Ordre National des Médecins (a body to which all doctors have to belong), after they reviewed statements made by 150 doctors in 30 professional and lay media outlets during a one month period in the spring of 2008 and …

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