Are Pharmaceutical Company Payments Incentivising Malpractice in Japanese Physicians?

Document Type: Letter to Editor

Authors

1 Medical Governance Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

2 Department of Anesthesia, Jyoban Hospital of Tokiwa Foundation, Iwaki, Japan

3 Waseda Chronicle, Tokyo, Japan

4 Department of Breast Surgery, Jyoban Hospital of Tokiwa Foundation, Iwaki, Japan

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Dear Editor,

Pharmaceutical industry (Pharma) funding plays a pivotal role in medical progress but has resulted in the extensive commercialization of clinical and academic research.1 Profit-driven interest from Pharma has been demonstrated to have a negative impact on the integrity and objectivity of science, research publications and patient management.2,3... (Read more...)

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