Doctors and the Drugmakers
Rawlins, Michael D.
Lancet. 1984 Aug 4; 2(8397): 276-278.
The relationship between the drug industry and the medical profession has become corrupt, resulting in a loss of public confidence. Causes are conventional drug promotion tactics and industry support of postgraduate medical education and research. Twelve of the fourteen members of the committee that monitors the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry's code of practice are from industry. An increase of non-industrial members and extended powers of expulsion or suspension of offending firms are advocated. Research collaboration between the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry is considered to be essential; however, trials and investigations involving volunteers or patients should be overseen by ethics committees. Ultimately, responsibility for improving the relationship lies mainly with the medical profession. (KIE abstract)
Advertising; Biomedical Research; Conflict of Interest; Drug Industry; Drugs; Doctors; Education; Ethical Review; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Financial Support; Health; Health Care; Human Experimentation; Industry; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Misconduct; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Public Policy; Pharmaceutical Industry; Regulation; Research; Review; Scientific Misconduct; Self Regulation; Universities; Volunteers;