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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 6877

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Publication type: Journal Article

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Authors' conflicts of interest: a disclosure and editors' reply.
N Engl J Med 1999 Nov 18; 341:(21):1618-9


The author may have had a conflict of interest involving a recent review she wrote for the New England Journal of Medicine on the treatment of hair loss. However, she disclosed all of the relevant information and the fault may lie in the unclear policies of the Journal.

*letter to the editor/United States/conflict of interest/scientific publications/New England Journal of Medicine/ acknowledgement of funding/REGULATION, CODES, GUIDELINES: JOURNALS AND MASS MEDIA Alopecia/drug therapy* Conflict of Interest* Drug Industry* Financial Support* Finasteride/therapeutic use Humans Minoxidil/therapeutic use Publishing/standards* Research Support Review Literature


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Email a Friend influence multinational corporations effectively, the efforts of governments will have to be complemented by others, notably the many voluntary organisations that have shown they can effectively represent society’s public-health interests…
A small group known as Healthy Skepticism; formerly the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing) has consistently and insistently drawn the attention of producers to promotional malpractice, calling for (and often securing) correction. These organisations [Healthy Skepticism, Médecins Sans Frontières and Health Action International] are small, but they are capable; they bear malice towards no one, and they are inscrutably honest. If industry is indeed persuaded to face up to its social responsibilities in the coming years it may well be because of these associations and others like them.
- Dukes MN. Accountability of the pharmaceutical industry. Lancet. 2002 Nov 23; 360(9346)1682-4.