The Challenge of Conflict of Interest in Medicine

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Title: The Challenge of Conflict of Interest in Medicine
Author: Thompson, Dennis F.
Citation: Thompson, Dennis F. 2009. The challenge of conflict of interest in medicine. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitwesen 10(3):136-140.
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Abstract: The expanding relationships between industry and medicine have produced great benefits. Industry support for medical research has led to important therapeutic breakthroughs. Such support has helped medical education at all levels. Academic research, in turn, has provided industry with many basic ideas that lead to the development of new drugs and medical devices. However, as these relationships have grown, the conflict between the financial goals of industry and the professional goals of medicine is creating significant risks for not only the profession but also the public. What should be the primary goals of medicine—high quality research, responsible patient care and excellent medical education—may be compromised by the undue pursuit of financial gain. That tension is what policies for regulating conflicts of interests should be designed to control.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/j.zefq.2009.02.021
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