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Views & Reviews Drug Tales and Other Stories

Reading up on drug companies: there in black and white

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 12 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5626
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

Say you wanted to keep a casual eye on what the drug industry was up to: where could you look? For the enthusiast, there’s a myriad trade publications, websites, news feeds, and blogs to cater to this need. These, though, may hold little appeal for healthcare professionals, who’d rather remain amateurs in this particular area.

They might try instead general medical journals. But coverage there tends to be tangential and, sometimes, distorting, through its selective focus on individual drugs or conditions. And where the industry, …

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