Who will guard the guards? Medical leadership and conflict of interest in South African healthcare

Andy Parrish, Marc Blockman


In many countries, debate about conflict of interest in healthcare is turning into action. Organised efforts to recruit specific clinicians to aid product marketing may be difficult to recognise. South African medicine could benefit from a concerted effort by medical leaders to understand and teach about these issues, and to develop methods to counterbalance the influences such conflicts may have on the direction of healthcare.

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Andy Parrish, Department of Internal Medicine, Frere and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Marc Blockman, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Conflict of interest; Ghost writing; Medical leadership; Key opinion leaders; Academic detailing

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2014;104(11):757-758. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8546

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-06-08
Date published: 2014-07-09

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