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Feature Christmas 2015: Professional Considerations

COI bingo

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6577
  1. Daniel S Goldberg, assistant professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University; 2015-16 Honors College Faculty fellow, 600 Moye Blvd, Mailstop 641, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
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I’ve spent years studying, teaching, and writing about conflict of interest (COI). In that time I’ve seen hundreds of justifications offered for deep entanglements between physicians or scientists and commercial industry.

Plausible arguments support such relationships, but the actors in question rarely invoke them. Instead, the standard reasons given …

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