Twitter, the social media service that permits 140-character posts or “tweets,” is undergoing rapid uptake by physicians.1 Twitter allows physicians to communicate, interpret, highlight, and curate information as well as engage in discussion or debate with other physicians, patients, patient advocates, researchers, investors, and industry employees. More than 60% of tweets authored by medical professionals in the United States are health-related, and approximately 14% mention commercial products or services.2 Yet, to our knowledge, there has been no investigation of the prevalence of financial conflict of interest (FCOI) among these users.
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