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A cross-sectional study of all clinicians’ conflict of interest disclosures to NHS hospital employers in England 2015-2016
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    Non-disclosure by physicans of payments from the pharmaceutical industry

    This is an interesting piece. Pharmaceutical companies have to publish payments made to individual, named physicians. (These are available at http://www.abpi.org.uk/ethics/ethical-responsibility/disclosure-uk/.) However, recipients can choose to remain unidentifiable (PMCPA Clause 24.9). In the figures for 2016, published in Disclosure UK in June 2017, 35% of health care professionals chose to remain incognito. In the GMC's Good Medical Practice they only recommend that physicians consider the PMCPA code. Perhaps they could be firmer in their recommendation.

    Conflict of Interest:
    My company advises pharmaceutical companies on scientific and ethical marketing of products.