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

A recent report detailed for the first time how much pharmaceutical companies paid individual doctors in Australia over a six-month period. The data, published by Medicines Australia, showed thousands of doctors had received payments for their services or contributions towards them attending educational activities, including flights, accommodation and registration fees for conferences. Seeing the headlines in The Age that drug companies were paying doctors “millions” and citing a “rich list” of those being paid the most confirmed my unease at readily disclosing these interactions. It implied that a bridge had been crossed, that interests were conflicted and that people had been caught doing…
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