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Three quarters of guideline panellists have ties to the drug industry

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 14 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4998
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The majority of health professionals in the United States who sit on guideline panels deciding the definitions or diagnostic criteria for common conditions have financial ties to pharmaceutical and medical device companies, a study has found.1

The researchers identified 16 publications by national and international guideline panels that had been published between 2000 and 2013 on the diagnosis of 14 common conditions. Of these, 10 proposed changes widening diagnostic definitions, one narrowing definitions, and the impact of the other five was unclear.

Conditions that had their definitions expanded included high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Panels widened definitions …

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