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Publication type: Journal Article

Chan J, Kliner M, Currie J.
Preserving objectivity in medical education
Lancet 2009 Jun 27; 373:(9682):2197


We would like to express our concern about the partnership between Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and Pfizer. 1 The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) report on the interactions between the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry 2 quotes one of Pfizer’s objectives as “improving… our reputation with future prescribers”. We believe that this is tantamount to drug marketing.
The BSMS-Pfizer partnership serves to blur the boundary between what is marketing and what is education. We …


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