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Letters Who is paying your doctor?

Eradicate commercial interests from official medical education

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4976
  1. Paolo Vercellini, associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology1,
  2. Paola Viganò, in vitro fertilisation laboratory director2,
  3. Edgardo Somigliana, infertility unit director3
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Università degli Studi and Fondazione Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
  3. 3Infertility Unit, Fondazione Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  1. paolo.vercellini{at}

Dyer describes international initiatives to promote public disclosure of payments from industry to doctors, thereby enabling patients to tell whether their treatment might be influenced by commercial interests.1 Coombes suggests that messages from key opinion leaders paid by drug companies to advise on marketing strategies, present at conferences, or write in medical …

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