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Letters Competing interests

The odium of industry engagement

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3575
  1. Simon Chapman, professor of public health1
  1. 1University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  1. simon.chapman{at}

    The risks of odium associated with declaring competing interests have become such that many researchers are now intimidated into refusing industry engagement. I have refused for a decade as I value my independence. But this is not a healthy development. Widespread disengagement with vaccine producers would be like dietitians refusing to have anything to do with the food industry which supplies almost all of the …

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