BMJ Exposes Big Pharma’s Interference in Medical Decisions

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The BMJ has launched a global initiative calling for a reduction in the commercial influence of Big Pharma in health care. They brought together experts from eight nations in medicine, law and philosophy to propose fundamental cultural changes
  • In trying to balance overtesting, overdiagnosis and overtreatment against necessary procedures, the experts want to ensure dissemination of valid evidence “conducted as independently as possible from industries profiting from their use”
  • As The BMJ fights for transparency, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has taken the opposite tack, supporting Big Pharma and publishing studies designed, conducted, prepared and analyzed by the industry
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