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Patients can’t trust doctors’ advice if we hide our financial connections with drug companies

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g167 (Published 15 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g167

Re: Patients can’t trust doctors’ advice if we hide our financial connections with drug companies

I agree with much of the arguments put forward by Dr Wen that doctors should disclose relevant financial interests. But her case does not go far enough. Surely if one has a an actual conflict of interest, that is advice or treatment chosen in part by a personal financial or commercial interest, it is unethical to be managing the patient in the first place.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 January 2014
Barry Newport
retired GP
n/a
Wokingham