Working with the drug industry: is your reputation at risk?
Working with the drug industry has its risks and you should enter into it with your eyes wide open, say Peter Aitken and Cornelius Katona
How should you prepare yourself for consulting to, or even giving a talk for, a drug company? How sure are you that you can recognise and manage potential conflicts of interest? How can you protect your reputation and good standing? How should you accept payment and how much should it be? In this article we outline some of the pitfalls for doctors considering working with the drug industry and suggest some approaches to minimising the risks.
The drug industry often needs to call on the expertise of NHS clinicians and university academics at all stages in the development and commercialisation of medicinal products. Many NHS clinicians and university research departments find the financial inducements to partnership attractive in a cash constrained public health sector. This creates the potential for considerable conflicts of interest.
Working with industry is not without its risks but can be of benefit to individual collaborators and