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To the Editor In their Research Letter, Dr Anderson and colleagues1 identified academic medical center (AMC) leaders who served on the boards of directors of pharmaceutical companies and warned of potential conflicts of interest without providing any data to suggest there is a problem.
Society is well served when corporations have diverse boards, dominated by outside board members with voting power, to provide strategic direction and oversight and bring the totality of their experiences to bear on the organization.
Lechleiter JC. Potential Conflicts of Interest for Academic Medical Center Leaders. JAMA. 2014;312(5):558. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7563