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GPs are the deplorables of medicine


Are guidelines anything more than a demonstration of the pharma-financial interests of the "medical elite" and our alleged: - Key Opinion Leaders? Isn't it time to demand absolute transparency + chapter and verse of any/every financial benefit received/enjoyed by by our "Guideline Writers". My trust in their integrity has evaporated. Increasing numbers of patients no longer trust guidelines to be impartial and have ceased to believe that they are written entirely for their own, personal therapeutic benefit. Even then, the integrity question remains. Declaration of financial interest in a drug is no guarantee that the advocate will not afford self-serving preference in promoting that drug via guidelines, ghost written publications, CME, conference sponsorship and the whole perverse enterprise of marketing masquerading as medicine. Time to return to the basic tenets of ethical medical practice?

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10 Dec 2016

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