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Medwave. 2017 May 26;17(4):e6961. doi: 10.5867/medwave.2017.04.6961.

The sum of us: considerations on physician-industry relationships.

[Article in English, Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Departamento de Medicina Interna, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Ciudad de México, México. Address: Calle Vasco de Quiroga 15, Colonia Belisario Domínguez, Sección XVI, Delegación Tlalpan, Ciudad de México, México. Email:


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This essay describes critically the physician-industry relationships and how the latter influences economically in the realization of continuing medical education (CME), industry expenses in sponsoring the academic events of medical societies, travel costs and enrollment, payment for consultants and speakers. It also refers to the movements that have been created in the academic world to counteract this influence, such as No Free Lunch (Spanish version “NoGracias”) and PharmFree. And the struggles between major scientific medical journals, with editorials and among editorialists on the concept of conflicts of interest. All this seen through the existence of an academic institution in Mexico and the exemplary life of one of its members.


Sunshine Act; academic; disclosure; ethics; financial; financial relationship; industry interaction; conflict of interest

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