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Letters Reframing relations with Pharma

Chair of RCP working party responds to editorial

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b767
  1. Richard Horton, editor1
  1. 1Lancet, London NW1 7BY
  1. richard.horton{at}

    Joe Collier’s editorial about the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) working party report—Innovating for Health—is a satirical fairytale of wonder and mystery.1

    Joe says that “the interests of patients seem to have been a secondary consideration.” Joe: have you actually read our report? Derek Calam was our patient representative and spoke on behalf of the RCP’s patient and carer network, a group of patients—not doctors—who advise the college on patient related matters. Derek completed a survey of his members for us, and …

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