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Comment & Response
August 6, 2014

Potential Conflicts of Interest for Academic Medical Center Leaders—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2014;312(5):558-559. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7578

In Reply The goal of our study was to raise awareness about the prevalence of a type of financial relationship that, despite its magnitude, has received far less attention than the issue of free pens.

We agree with Dr Lechleiter that both pharmaceutical companies and society are well served in being advised by academia. Yet, as Dr Relman points out, holding a board membership position places an obligation on an individual that goes beyond advising.

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