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Letters Bad medicine: pain

Competing interests of professional societies

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c470
  1. Laurie Allan, consultant anaesthetist1,
  2. Elizabeth Wager, publications consultant2
  1. 1Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ
  2. 2Sideview, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9DE
  1. laurie.allan{at}

    Spence highlights the vested interests of the huge “pain industry” following the revelation of the sum paid to the American Pain Society by Endo Pharmaceuticals.1

    The US Institute of Medicine2 has asked congress to require US companies to report payments not only to doctors but also to healthcare institutions, providers of continuing medical education, patient advocacy groups, and, interestingly, “professional societies.” It recommends voluntary reporting until congress acts.

    The institute also raised concerns about clinical practice guidelines, where “the risk …

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