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PubMed is urged to include competing interest information in abstracts

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2018 (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2018

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Re: PubMed is urged to include competing interest information in abstracts

The implication of this policy is that every paper written by anyone with enough expertise to be paid is biased and cannot be trusted. The science of each paper needs to speak for itself rather than presuming author guilt by association. Let PubMed do its job, which is indexing scientific literature, not playing watchdog. Or maybe PubMed could list competing author interests once Senators Blumenthal, Warren, Markey, Schatz and Durbin, list their campaign contributors on their websites. Spoiler alert: Durbin's has nothing.

Competing interests: Employed by a firm which contracts with pharmaceutical companies.

13 April 2016
Mark Domke
Information Resources Manager
Chicago