Letters Tackling conflicts of interests

Industry tie may be benchmark of quality

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5607 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5607
  1. Marlies van Lent, PhD student1,
  2. Henk J Out, professor1
  1. 1Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands
  1. M.vanLent{at}pharmtox.umcn.nl

The BMJ should not ban editorials and clinical reviews from authors with ties to industry.1 The major selection criterion for industry to liaise with academic researchers is their extraordinary knowledge on specific topics. That an author has a tie with industry may therefore be a benchmark of quality. Many readers might feel more confident about …

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