Financial Conflicts of Interest and the Ethical Obligations of Medical School Faculty and the Profession

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 53 (4):534-544 (2010)
Abstract
Interactions between medicine and the pharmaceutical and device industries have become widespread in medicine. Despite their promise for improving patient care through innovation, there are ways in which these relationships may compromise patient care by creating conflicts of interest for physicians—both actual and perceived—that may result in delivery of poorly justified treatment, mistrust of doctors by the public, and an undermining of the integrity of the medical profession (IOM 2009). Conflicts of interest can arise in all arenas of medicine, due to discord between the responsibility to patients and the opportunity for personal financial gain. But academic medicine presents an additional interest to protect: ..
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