Call to action on commercial influence in health
We note the vital role of tests, treatments, and technologies in healthcare and the importance of industry-researcher collaboration. However, extensive financial conflicts of interest are distorting research evidence, medical education, and patient care, and it is time to move towards independence from commercial influence in the production and use of healthcare evidence. We support the development of health system reforms, which would include but are not limited to, ensuring that healthcare products are tested independently from companies which make or market them; that professional education is entirely free from industry support; and that clinical policies, guidelines, and decisions are free from commercial influence.
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Thank you and best wishes,
Fiona Godlee and Helen Macdonald (Editors, The BMJ)
Ray Moynihan and Lisa Bero (Guest editors of this BMJ collection)
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