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Letters Journals and drug industry funded research

Data from industry funded trials are reliable enough to be published

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1298
  1. Henk Jan Out, professor of pharmaceutical medicine1
  1. 1Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, 6500 HB Nijmegen, Netherlands
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The question whether medical journals should stop publishing drug industry sponsored research is absurd.1 During the past decade the need for transparency and disclosure of all clinical trial data has been universally recognised. However, more than half of all drug trials are sponsored by drug companies. How can the industry be transparent about its trials if journals refuse to …

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