Definitions are everything with conflict of interest

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Sandy Szwarc, on her Junkfood Science blog, posts an example of conflict of interest disclosure - or is it?

Elements:

• a journal article touting the high benefit-risk ratio of statins
• the author states he's been a consultant to four statin makers
• disclosure ends with a statement "There are no conflicts of interest."

See and judge for yourself.

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That journal takes a pretty narrow view of COIs. The information for authors states as follows:

"Acknowledgements: of professional colleagues and funding bodies only."

What I gather from that is that unless the author received funding for the article from a statin manufacturer, it is not considered a conflict.

For more on Virgil Brown, see this post on Health Care Renewal:

http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/2008/08/shut-up-they-explained-to-ezetimibe.html

I just want to clarify that I don't agree with the journal's policy. I would consider any relationship with a statin manufacturer a conflict with respect to that article.

I just want to clarify that I don't agree with the journal's policy. I would consider any relationship with a statin manufacturer a conflict with respect to that article.

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