Conflict of interest: “A disclosure doesn’t eliminate a potential conflict of interest; it only announces it.”

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I don’t oppose the disclosures of industry payment to physicians, but I’m skeptical that they will have the purifying effect that its proponents promise. Remember, we’re not outlawing corporate payments. A disclosure doesn’t eliminate a potential conflict of interest; it only announces it. Ethical physicians behave ethically because they are wired to do so, not because they disclose payments and gifts.

via Doctors’ ethics are not measured by disclosures: Michael Kirsch | cleveland.com.

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