Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein1 stated that "Performing industry-supported research,
physicians face an implicit demand for a positive finding to obtain further
financial support." I have been responsible for several thousand registration
trials, carried out in approximately 50 countries for 4 major pharmaceutical
companies, and I have never known investigators to be selected on the basis
of their results. Investigators are selected according to a number of criteria,
including experience in conducting clinical trials, ability to recruit the
type and number of patients needed in the agreed-upon time, the production
of complete and accurate data, and an optimal clinical research infrastructure.
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