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:

Re:Evidence-based decision?

The argument that appropriate expertise cannot be obtained without
using physicians with industry ties to the pharmaceutical industry is
bogus. There are many physicians who work for the government, such as
military physicans, who are not allowed to have industry ties. New
disclosure rules in the United States have resulted in a dramatic drop in
physicians who are members of Speaker Bureaus. The New England Journal of
Medicine may find that it is now very easy to find unbiased physicians.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 August 2011
Gary B. Carpenter
Southern Illinois U School of Medicine