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Letters Industry influence

Big Pharma’s long tentacles

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c941
  1. William L Aldis, assistant professor (global health)1
  1. 1Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Pathumtani, Thailand 12121
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    The BMJ gives two more examples of penetration by the pharmaceutical industry into what, in a better world, would be protected places: Harvard Medical School1 and the World Health Organization.2

    In this atmosphere of hidden payments and conflict of interest, medical professionals still go with some confidence to journals such as the BMJ, and the general public to trusted media such as the New York Times. It is distressing therefore to come across an article in the New York Times …

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