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Is the conflict of interest unacceptable when drug companies conduct trials on their own drugs? Yes

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4949 (Published 30 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4949

Beware of Big Pharma

Big Pharma is the preeminent force in healthcare. It controls medical schools,
medical research, medical journals, medical certification, continuing medical
education, health insurance, and health policy. Big Pharma indoctrinates
physicians, patients, and governments with a pharmaceutical orthodoxy that
excommunicates all non-believers as sinners, heretics, and lunatics. In order to
liberate healthcare and promote scientific progress, Big Pharma should fund
independent, ongoing research into its excessive influence over healthcare. But
let’s not hold our breath waiting for this to happen.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 December 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA