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Conflicting recommendations about flu drugs has made it difficult for doctors to decide whether to prescribe them. Andrew Wales/Flickr

What kind of research can we trust?

Research involving pharmaceutical company input is notoriously compromised. While not all industry ties lead to biased research, and not all biases are a consequence of industry ties, many studies show…
Direct lobbying is one of several tactics food companies use to shape regulation and public perception in their favour. Image from shutterstock.com

Big Food lobbying: tip of the iceberg exposed

The influence of the food lobby has come into the public spotlight over the past week, with revelations that Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s chief-of-staff, Alastair Furnival, has strong links to…
Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash’s chief of staff has had to resign because of conflicts of interest. Alan Porritt/AAP

Should the food industry resign from the health department too?

Furore over links between Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash’s office and industry continues today with revelations that her former chief of staff is connected to the alcohol, as well as the food…
Collision sports such as AFL have adopted concussion management policies because it’s an unavoidable feature of the games. AAP Image/David Crosling

Sport concussion guidelines rife with conflicts of interest

Athletes and officials in charge of collision sports (such as rugby league, AFL and American football) have an uneasy relationship with concussion; it’s an unavoidable feature of their games and there’s…
University of Southern Queensland is one of only two institutions that grants members of the public access to a register of competing interests when they request it. University of Southern Queensland

Australian universities fail on conflict of interest

None of the 27 Australian universities that answered a recent survey about disclosure policies expect their staff to reveal…
Conflict of interest management depends on the existence of a critical culture that recognises the issues. Waldo Jaquith

Don’t show me the money: the dangers of non-financial conflicts

TRANSPARENCY AND MEDICINE – A series examining issues from ethics to the evidence in evidence-based medicine, the influence of medical journals to the role of Big Pharma in our present and future health…
Perceptions of conflict can be just as damaging to community confidence as conflicts themselves. 401K/Flickr

Show and tell: conflicts of interest undeclared for clinical guidelines

TRANSPARENCY AND MEDICINE – A series examining issues from ethics to the evidence in evidence-based medicine, the influence of medical journals to the role of Big Pharma in our present and future health…

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