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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2006 Aug;24(3):671-85.

Conflict of interest in the physician interface with the biomedical industry.

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  • 1Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1050 Wishard Boulevard, Room R2200, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2899, USA.


The physician interface with the pharmaceutical industry stands at the forefront of a debate about the effect this relationship has on the behavior of both researchers and clinicians. The authors explore the basis for this conflict of interest and show how it affects physician judgment and behavior. These effects lead to negative consequences for patients and threaten the professional status that society accords physicians. In view of the potential for ethical compromise, physicians should refrain from contact with pharmaceutical marketing representatives.

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