‘I’ve been paid by drug companies and I don’t believe I’ve done anything wrong’

SMH, 12 September 2016
Author: Tom John
“We are treating real people with life-threatening illnesses and the sense of urgency is palpable. My international colleagues also talk of begging companies for access to the next drug, which is only possible through an existing relationship. So while it is easy to add up the dollars and tarnish medical practitioners for engaging with the pharmaceutical industry, it is important to consider why many of us do so. Transparency is important, but so is the access it provides to cutting-edge treatments in a timely way.”
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