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Letters The truth about sports drinks

Industry-university research contracts are damaging

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5978
  1. David Packham, honorary fellow1
  1. 1Materials Research Centre, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
  1. d.e.packham{at}

It is widely recognised that many prominent drug companies exert a nefarious effect on clinical research through abusing university sponsorship and confidentiality agreements in research contracts. Angell’s long editorial experience at the New England Journal of Medicine led her to comment “[i]t is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research . . . published.”1

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