Letters Doctors’ competing interests

Australian experience of trying to increase transparency between doctors and industry

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1385 (Published 05 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1385
  1. Brad Dalton, lecturer1
  1. 1School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania, Tasmania 7250, Australia
  1. bdalton{at}bigpond.net.au

I agree that greater transparency is needed between the medical profession and industry,1 2 but the protracted pace at which such changes have been welcomed by both parties is disappointing.

Almost seven years ago, and in line with changing perceptions, some colleagues and I embarked on a similar attempt to improve the relationship between doctors and industry in Australia. We established an independent, transparent agency for healthcare professionals with industry sponsored commitments. Once registered, people were free to redirect industry requests to the agency …

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