It has been a long time since I last wrote on Hole Ousia about my activism for a science that strives for objectivity.
It is probably reasonable to suggest that no other in the British Isles has given more to this cause than I have.
The Scottish public agreed, in majority, that payments from the pharmaceutical industry and device makers to healthcare professionals need to be declared on a mandatory basis. At the time, this landmark consultation was neither reported in the mainstream press nor the medical press. A year on the Scottish Government has provided no meaningful update.
It was thus with considerable interest that I read the following editorial in the current British Medical Journal:
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