Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

Turning the tide on conflicts of interest

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5147

Rapid Response:

Conflicts of interest should be addressed with transparency not banning

"Should the BMJ repeat the NEJM's experiment and ban editorials and
clinical reviews from authors with ties to industry?"

Definitely not.

The decision about publishing an editorial or clinical review should
be based on the merits of the article not those of the author. The BMJ
should continue to require authors to be transparent about all actual or
possible conflicts of interest so that readers can judge for themselves
the risk of bias.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 August 2011
Michael Power
Consultant in evidence-based practice
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust