Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Experts criticise industry sponsorship of articles on health policy in Australian newspaper

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6903

Rapid Response:

Re:Addition to article

The last thing that Australian Consumers need is Industry sponsored
articles or pseudo "Research Papers" Sponsored by Companies. We have
already seen the results of this in USA, where we have so called research
published and paid for by Industry "Bigs" Heaven forbid that Australia
should follow in the footsteps of the USA.

There is already far too much distorted information out there for the
unsuspecting consumers to decipher. Unfortunately it comes across as
being genuine when in fact the head of these articles should carry the
Headline "Advertisement".

Sure, the tabloids will grab the advertising money and run. That's
what they are in the business for - sell advertising space.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 October 2011
Geoff G Harley
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