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Leading German doctors criticise rising use of post-marketing observational studies by drug companies

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 13 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4199
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    Tens of thousands of German patients treated by GPs or in specialist practices are involved in observational studies paid for by the drug industry without ever having given their consent. The companies pay doctors as much as €1000 (£925; $1475) a patient for prescribing a drug and documenting its effects. Critics say this is just a way to push new and expensive drugs that have few innovative qualities onto the market.

    Carl-Heinz Müller, a GP and one …

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